Only some time ago Microsoft came out with the Mango update to the Windows Phone 7, and now the technology blogosphere is abuzz with the news of arrival of Windows 8, the new operating system for tablets. Now, Dell has said that it will soon come out with a Windows 8 tablet.
“We are very aligned with Microsoft around Windows 8. You’ll hear more about Windows 8 from us and see a wide range of products released,” Michael Dell, founder and chief executive officer of Dell, was quoted as saying by a website.
The new operating system for tablets, Windows 8, was unveiled by Microsoft at the recently held BUILD conference. The new operating system is keenly anticipated for its new Metro user interface, hardware acceleration and more. Windows 8 is likely to arrive in numerous devices in early 2012.
Windows 8 may have a Start screen as according to Microsoft, there is a decline in use of Start Menu even in regular desktops. The Metro interface of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7, allows pinning apps to it. The start screen is something difficult for the regular users to get used to, since it is so different to what they have seen so far.
The place where the apps are pinned, are called Live Tiles which show the updated status of the app and also show notifications. The application launcher will now go full screen, which is convenient for Microsoft because they can display so much information about the apps they are linking the device start screen to.
Switching between two tasks on Windows 8 tablets and Windows Phone 7 phones is also something Microsoft may work on, but that’s their prerogative as they need to see if it’s viable or not.
It appears the company may end up making some more tweaks before the launch of Windows 8, though Microsoft is convinced touch screens are the new mainstream, except the PC, and that somebody has to make the move towards the PC as well.