Microsoft wants to deliver “web-connected and web-powered” apps that will run alongside legacy Windows apps on the company’s upcoming operating system, Windows 8. Microsoft says this approach “is designed and optimized for touch [and] it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard.”
Microsoft also plans on tieing together Windows CE and Windows 8, as Windows 8 will adopt a similar, top level interface to Windows Phone 7 and Zune.
“We tried with Windows 8 to re-imagine how you work with a PC,” said Windows OS President, Steven Sinofsky. Windows 8 will work on laptops, desktops, and tablets. Basically, anything that worked on Windows 7, will work on Windows 8. When using existing desktop applications, the interface goes to a very Windows 7-like desktop.
When you log onto Windows 8, you simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Applications can be launched from a series of tiles. Internet Explorer 10 even received a quick redesigned to take advantage of a touch interface for tablets using Windows 8.Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 8