Discover the first preview of code-name Windows 8

On June 1st, during All Things Digital D9 conference, Steven Sinofsky showed a first look at the next version of Windows, code-named “Windows 8”. According to Sinofsky this is big, in fact he calls it one of “biggest change since at least Windows 95”.

I’m pretty excited (ok, that’s an understatement) about what has been shown. My suggestion is to go discover what has been unveiled until now and prepare yourself for more later. Below you can find a number of videos and links with more information.


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From the press release

In the official press release following Steven Sinofsky’s preview you can read some important aspects about “Windows 8”:

  • Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
  • Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
  • Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
  • Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
  • Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.
  • Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

Videos – discover for yourself

Building "Windows 8" - Video #1
Jensen Harris, Director of PM, Windows User Experience walks you through some parts of the new user interface.

Steven Sinofsky and Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience at D9:

D9 conference - Steven Sinofsky previews code-name Windows 8

Recording of Computex 2011 Taipei
Microsoft Unveils 'Windows 8' to World: recording from COMPUTEX 2011, June 2, 2011 with Microsoft Corporate Vice President Mike Angiulo.


You can also watch extracts of parts of the video (instead of the 30+ minute total video) here: