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Microsoft showcases Windows 8

Posted: 15 Sep 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Windows 8  OS  ARM 

Microsoft Corp.'s next major release of its Windows operating system will feature support for processors based on the ARM architecture, touch screens and a "metro style" interface, as per a detailed preview by the company on Tuesday (Sept. 13) at the Build conference.

"We re-imagined Windows," said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, in the keynote address at the Microsoft Build conference here. "From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise."

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Microsoft will officially release a developer pre-release of Microsoft 8 at Build Tuesday evening. Sinofsky said the company will later release a beta version of the OS and then, finally, the full version of Windows 8. He did not provide a timeline. "We are going to be driven by the quality and not by a date," Sinofsky said.

In the keynote presentation, Microsoft took pains to demonstrate the ease of writing applications for Windows 8. The company offered a demonstration of writing a photo-sharing application on stage in only 58 lines of code.

Sinofsky said Windows 8 will allow developers to write applications in several different languages, including Xaml, Javascript, C++ and others. ""You have your choice of world class development tools and languages," he told developers in the audience.

 Steven Sinofsky

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live Division, speaks at the company's Build conference Tuesday.

Questions about compatibility have lingered around Windows 8, with some OEMs saying privately that Microsoft has been less than forthcoming with information about whether Windows for ARM-based systems would support all applications built for x86 systems. Sinofsky seemed to be trying to lay these concerns to rest by emphasizing compatibility, saying that applications built for Windows 8 will run on all hardware that Windows 8 supports.

"These applications will run on all new Windows 8 PCs," Sinofsky said.

In addition to ARM-based and x86 chipsets, Windows 8 will support x64 and x32 devices, according to Microsoft.

Sinofsky also touched on the Windows Store, which he said will allow developers to sell their applications worldwide. "Every new Windows PC is a target customer," he told developers. "Realise, that could be more than 400 million people when this project launches."

Windows 8 start screen

The start screen for Windows 8.

Michael Angiulo, corporate vice president of the planning and PC ecosystem team at Microsoft, showed demonstrations of Windows 8 running on tablets and notebooks powered by Qualcomm Inc.'s Snapdragon processor, Texas Instruments Inc.'s OMAP, Nvidia Corp.'s Tegra and Intel Corp. processors, including Ultrabooks, Intel's early-stage concept for ultra-light, low-power notebooks.

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