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Windows 8 is in Beta

Microsoft has recently announced the next version of the Windows operating system; Windows 8!

Windows 8 signifies a radical departure from the traditional user interface we have all come to know from the current version of the world’s most popular operating system. This major interface design change has the blogosphere buzzing with both positive and negative views.

The most notable change is the new desktop user interface (UI) that resembles what Microsoft calls “Tiles”. The Tile design is similar to that found on the Windows Phone 7. This new interface was designed to accommodate the shift to touch screen devices which require larger screen push points for accurate command inputs from a user’s finger. These Tiles are buttons that represent programs. The tiles replace icons and can be customized and relocated on the home screen as needed. Below is a screenshot of the beta release:

A Screenshot of Windows 8

Microsoft has stated that their goal is to unify the user interface across the myriad of devices people most commonly use (computer, phone, tablet and gaming console). This is a great idea and we can’t wait to see the final prouct.

We are very excited to see what advantages Windows 8 will bring to the business client. Sea to Sky will keep a close eye on the progress of Windows 8 as it gets closer to the launch date.

Windows 8 is still a long way from being released; it is likely to be made available to the public late 2012. If you are planning on purchasing a new machine Windows 7 is still a current, best practice solution that will last for years to come. Sea to Sky feels that it is still too early to know what the changes in Windows 8 are going to mean for our business clients. We will keep this blog up-to-date as Microsoft releases more information.If you have any questions please contact one of the Sea to Sky team members for more information.

– Sea to Sky Team

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