At a recent Microsoft conference called BUILD (a new event that aims to show hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows) the developer version of Windows 8 was released. This gave us a chance see what the next version of Windows will look like.
We are hearing that a final release of Windows 8 is 12 – 18 months away. Things may change to a certain extent from what has been released now; however there appears to be a push for developers to start creating Apps for what looks to be a very touch-centric interface.
While Windows 8 is for both touch, or keyboard and mouse, the new operating system has the “Metro” style interface; much like the Windows Phone 7 and familiar to what consumers are used to seeing in today’s touch products.
Some new features included in the developer version are:
It will be interesting to see how the more “consumerised” interface will be received by business users and we certainly look forward to bringing you more news over the next 12 months as we head towards a commercial release of the product.