Screenshots purported to be from Microsoft’s Windows 8 show Windows Phone 7-like tiles and a toolbar similar to Office 2007. Windows 8 is expected to be friendly to tablets, which means making it compatible with ARM processors, as shown by CEO Steve Ballmer at the Consumer Electronics Show. Windows 8 may have dual-track versions. Read the rest of this entry »
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Windows 7 was a major stride for Microsoft as the company tried to escape the tarnished reputation of their previous operating system. Fortunately, at least one product stood out from the rest during the Windows Vista years: Office 2007. The productivity suite dropped the traditional grey file menu bar with a brand new friendly ribbon interface. Read the rest of this entry »
Multiple sites are reporting today that Microsoft will be implementing a new user interface for its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, including replacing toolbars with “Ribbons,” as seen in Microsoft Office. Read the rest of this entry »
It is way too early for anyone with any real sense to answer the question posed in the headline of this post. That said the next period of time will see many attempt to do exactly that. Read the rest of this entry »
User interface inspiration drawn from Concept Metro UI and typography Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve had a glimpse at the future of Windows. Screenshots from Windows 8 have been discovered by Russian Twitter user Alicans35, revealing an influence from Windows Phone 7 and a possible new version for tablets.
The screenshots show that the next version of Microsoft’s business software Office, Office 15, uses the clean interface styling developed for Windows Phone 7. Codenamed Metro, the look and feel of the Windows 8 interface is focused on clear lettering and icons to make it easy to navigate.
Alicans35 posted several pics on his Twitter feed, including super-exciting shots of Excel, PowerPoint, the Office commands tab and a video of Word in scintillating action.
A recent job advert posted by Microsoft called for a software designer to work on Outlook, specifically mentioning tablets and mobile phones as well as computers. It’s still not clear whether that means Microsoft will make different versions of Windows for each type of device, or make a version of Windows that fits all sizes of screen.
Currently, tablets run Windows 7. Windows 7 supports touching and tapping the screen so it can be used on a touchscreen tablet, but the size and layout is designed for monitors and can be fiddly on a smaller screen.
Microsoft makes a separate operating system, Windows Phone 7, with large clear icons for smaller screens. Gates’ gang could continue with just the two versions, or come up with a tablet version of Windows that would combine the roominess of the desktop with the simplicity of the phone version. If Windows 8 does draw heavily on Windows Phone 7, the desktop version may be more suited to tablets.
Apple makes a different version of its operating system for the desktop, iPad 2 tablet, and iPhone. Google makes different versions of its Android software for tablets and phones.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper Microsoft vs Apple scrap over operating systems, so we’re pleased to see another donnybrook brewing. Mac OS X Lion is roaring towards MacBook laptops and iMac desktop computers this year.