I've been a long time OS X user since ditching Windows back in the Intel 80386 days (oh, command line fun), but I've been keeping a close eye on the development of Windows 8 and all it seems to be promising. In fact, the Windows 8 booth at CES was amongst my fav tech demonstrations at this year's show...
Unlike Windows 7, an admittedly solid, but derivative update which shares a UI lineage with previous Windows releases, Microsoft's upcoming eighth release is a clear departure from the graphical language of previous Windows version, adopting many of Windows Phone 7's Metro tile and gesture based interface throughout. And it looks like Microsoft is applying some of the same consumer friendly UI touches to their widely adopted Office suite of applications, specifically for touch (tablet) devices:
Microsoft has included more white space, and uses fewer lines in an effort to focus on content. The ribbon menu appears to be removed or hidden in the demonstration, hinting that Microsoft may be moving away from this user experience for Office 15. The company didn't reveal any additional details today but it's clear that Office 15 is visually different from its predecessor, Office 2010.
And if you're wondering what the rest of Windows 8 will look like on a touch device, here's a developer's preview video demonstrating hardware and OS integration, similar to what we saw at this year's CES exhibition:
Via The Verge