Windows 8 Design Demo on a Slate Planned for June 2011, Reportedly

Microsoft already showcased Windows 8 at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011) in January, but the company is reportedly getting ready to share additional information on the next generation of the Windows client later this year.

At CES 2011, the demo presented by Steven Sinofsky, President, Windows and Windows Live Division, focused on support for system-on-chip architectures, with the very early build of what the company referred to as Windows vNext matching Windows 7 in almost all visible details, save for SoC support of course.

The upcoming demonstration could be designed to offer a more comprehensive look at Windows 8, and may even deliver some insights into the flavor of the operating system tailored for Tablet PCs.

An unnamed source close to Microsoft told Business Insider that the software giant is gearing up to unveil the new Windows 8 design for slates in June 2011.

According to the information available, Windows 8 for Tablets features a new UI which is based on the Metro user interface design used for Windows Phone 7. Additionally, the company has apparently opted to offer a UX capable of rivaling Apple’s approach for the interface of the iPad.

Reports have already provided details of a unique UI for Windows 8 running on slates, a project developed under the codename Mosh.

Source: Windows 8 Design Demo on a Slate Planned for June 2011, Reportedly - Softpedia


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One Dell executive said that they will ship a Tablet with Windows8 in 1Q 2012. But that is not neccessarily the same as Windows8 for PCs but more of a follow-on of the Windows Phone7 targetted at ARM systems.

And it is no news that these systems need a completely different UI. A tablet is not operated with a keyboard - in fact use of the keyboard is an exception. If you look at the iPad, Xoom or any smartphone you get the idea.

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I loved the courier idea they had that was so pretty even if not two-sided. Too bad they have yet to develop anything like that or else I'd be psyched. And I hope it supports stylus/pen input.

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