Microsoft has released some first looks at the new Windows 8 operating system.
- I love that the design studio walls are covered with design artifacts. Keeping these artifacts visible facilitates a shared knowledge of all design concepts and directions amongst the team.
- The new touch interface look interesting. I like that they are doing something different than Apple. We will see if it is as easy to use and effective.
- The "thumbs" keyboard for tablets is a cool feature. Instead of having a keyboard that fills half of a tablet screen, it has a smaller split keyboard that appears on the left and right of the screen where the user can type with their thumbs. This save screen real estate and provides a way to actually hold the tablet in your hands while typing with two hands.
- Windows 8 will be a single platform for all desktops, laptops, and tablets. There is no mention of mobile phones, but it looks like the touch interface borrows a lot from Windows Mobile 7.
Check it out: