The more I look at Windows 8 Metro user interface, the more it becomes clear to me why a giant like Nokia chose to forge that alliance with Microsoft and didn't go with what seemed to be the more logical choice for the OS of its future smartphones.
Windows 8 serves as a follow-up to Windows 7, which is the leading operating system in the world -- by a clear mile.
Behind the new look of Windows 8 is the rock-solid foundation, that is Windows 7. Microsoft invites users to immerse themselves in the exciting features of a new generation of PCs while enjoying the full power that they've come to expect from Windows.
In addition to the new look of the Start screen - which shows websites, playlists, contacts, photo albums and your favorite applications and games front and center - Windows 8 incorporates the Windows 7 desktop that users are familiar with; Think of that desktop as just one of the many apps you can run in Windows 8.
"In the desktop, you’ll see all the settings, devices, and features you used in Windows 7 -- and you can run the desktop apps you ran in Windows 7, too," shares Microsoft.
Described by Microsoft as 'reimagined to focus on the user's life', Windows 8 flaunts an obviously beautiful and fluid design that's clearly perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch-enabled tablets and lightweight laptops, to PCs and large, powerful all-in-ones with high-definition screens -- and perhaps, even smartphones.
Just from looking at the interface, you can tell that a convergence is upon us. Pretty soon, users will get a seamless, unified experience on various devices -- one that's powered by Windows
There's the Windows Store, which houses apps to help you work more efficiently and the latest games so you can compete and have fun with friends. Apps can work together and allow you to share content like photos, videos, links, maps, contacts, and whatever else you want.
Thanks to TP Friend Caesar Nikko Caharian for sending us these Windows 8 Pre-Release Preview screencaps.
The layout in itself makes you want to swipe your fingers on the screen. I guess the future is indeed Touch-Centric -- aside from, as earlier mentioned in TechPinas, Social, Local, Mobile and Cloud-Connected.
Once Windows 8 gets officially released for the consumption of the hundreds of millions of PC users across the planet and Windows Apollo for smartphones - which aims to finally bridge the gap between smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices - launches, guess which smartphone company will have the true edge and advantage?