Windows 8 Developer Preview Hands-on: Inside All the New Features
Your Stuff Stays With You
Windows 8 leverages Windows Live so that all you need to do when you hop on another machine is enter your Live ID and Exchange info (if you have it). The notebook or tablet will spring to life with your Lock screen, your contacts, your apps, and your SkyDrive content. Microsoft calls this roaming.
Windows (App) Store
Windows 8 will have a built-in app store that will promote Metro-style, full-screen applications, Categories shown off included games, social networking apps, productivity, education, and finance. You’ll be able to see screen shots, view descriptions, and try apps before you buy them.
Windows 8 Outlook
It’s clear that Microsoft has put a lot of thought into Windows 8 in terms of the interface and how apps can work well together through features like Share. Having a built-in app store will go a long way towards making consumers even more comfortable with living in the Metro UI. Still, the traditional desktop environment feels like going back in time–despite Microsoft’s attempts at a facelift. The mere fact that you double click on something to open an app or file in desktop mode versus once in Metro mode tells you that they are different worlds. Multitasking should also be more straightforward so that you can see all open apps at once.
Overall, though, Windows 8 represents an impressive and bold evolution of the world’s most popular operating system that consumers will find fun and immersive. Now it’s up to developers to create a legion of full-screen Metro-style apps so there’s less of a need to use desktop mode at all.
Windows 8: Inside the New Features
- Input: Touch, Mouse, or Pen | Multitouch on Steroids | Semantic Zoom
- IE 10′s Frameless Design | Picture Passwords | News Headlines & Magazinify
- Smarter Touch Keyboard | Search, Sharing, & More
- Better Control Panel | Multitasking | New Explorer and Task Manager | Desktop App
- Apps & the Cloud | App Store | Windows 8 Outlook