Microsoft released late on Tuesday (13) the first test version of new Windows 8. The program is available for download at dev.windows.com in 32 and 64 bit versions.
The company revealed details of Windows 8 on Tuesday (13) during the conference opening Built in Anaheim, California. The program, which will focus not only on traditional computers with Intel processors (PCs), but also for tablets, will bring new interface aimed at control by touch screen, integration with the “cloud” of the Internet and an online store for purchase and download free applications. View images of Windows 8 .
New version of Windows running on tablet with ARM processor
The company also showed the first tablet with the operating system, manufactured by Samsung and Samsung named Developer Windows PC. The device, which initially will not be sold to customers, was distributed to developers at the conference. The previous version was also released to developers on Tuesday. Without disclosing dates, the company confirmed it will open a phase of beta testing before the final release of the product.
Steven Sinofsky at the presentation of Windows 8
Presenting the new operating system made ??by the president of the Windows division of Microsoft , Steven Sinofsky, the company announced that the new version does not mark a break with Windows 7, and that programs designed for the current system will be compatible with Windows 8.
The adaptation of the traditional Windows for use in tablets with ARM architecture -announced by company president Steve Ballmer in January - shows that Microsoft has adopted a different strategy from the current leader of this new market, Apple. The company founded by Steve Jobs has different systems for different product lines, the iPad Mac computers and Microsoft decided to make a single system.
Incidence of new Windows screen, also with the visual 'MetroUI', more suitable for tablets and computers operated by touch screens
“It’s an evolution. Everything that was good in Windows 7, Windows 8 will be better,” said Sinofsky. During the presentation, the executive used a Lenovo netbook that had been used for three years in the presentation of Windows 7. The old system took up 540 MB of RAM the machine. The new version of “slimmed down”, and uses 281 MB.
During the presentation, Sinofsky stressed that Microsoft wants to bring Windows to the new trend of computers in the form of tablets, but without breaking the functions of Windows 7 have the greatest success of the company. The successor of Vista sold 450 million copies, and three years after the market finally uper Windows XP - launched in 2001 – as most used operating system for personal computers.
Steven Sinofsky during presentation of the new Windows in the United States 8
According to Sinofsky, the program will follow two trends that have emerged in recent years: touch screens and portable, the user is not content to just carry but want to use while moving. “A new way to use the computer came up windows and we want the answer to that,” Sinofsky said that he repeated throughout the presentation that the new interface is “touch-centric”, ie geared to be operated by touching the screen .
“Windows 7 was already enabled for touch screens, but we’ve improved in Windows 8. Once you use a device with touch screen with Windows 8, you will want to touch any equipment.”
“But there will be a time when you may need a mouse or a keyboard, and Windows 8 will also work in the traditional way. It is you who must choose how to interact with the program,” said Sinofsky.
This is the desktop of the new Windows 8, which uses the user interface called 'MetroUI', inherited from the Zune and currently used in mobile phones with Windows Phone 7
if the main change is in the new Windows graphical interface, the initial screen is what draws the most attention. Based in the “MetroUI,” originally created for the Zune MP3 player but that has been integrated into mobile Phone with Windows 7 and the Xbox video game, the screen uses “blocks” to represent programs and operating system functions.
“The home screen is a focal point for opening programs and to access those already working,” Sinofsky said. Within the applications, the user can access a taskbar at the bottom and one on the right – you have to slide your finger across the screen to access them. The right corner allows interaction between applications and access functions of Windows itself.
Among the novelties of the new system is also a reduction in the number of notifications that you receive from Windows. “We will have pop-ups or clocks counting down to the updates. There will be only a small notice on the login screen of the user,” said Steven Sinofsky.
For developers, Windows 8 seems to bring more creative in comparison with one of their new competitors, the iPad. “Windows 8 lets you choose the language you want to use for your application constriuir,” Sinofsky said.
Demonstration of 'boot' PC in less than 10 seconds
A significant change for developers is how to provide programs to users. Now, you can buy or download free applications from a digital store managed by Microsoft, such as the famous “App Store” Apple or Android Market, Google’s operating system for mobile phones and tablets.
“We want to keep alive the ecosystem that exists around the windows, but we also offer this new option for developers,” said Sinofsky.The app store will also work in the scheme of “blocks”, through which the user can navigate and choose your programs.