Windows Phone 7 interface, a decision which has us excited because this looks like the most consumer-friendly (and colorful) Windows OS ever. We spotlight a few reasons why you might want to get excited (we are)... What's evident upon watching the video above is Microsoft has tablets on their mind. And even though they say Windows 8 will work with a mouse and keyboard (perhaps in conjunction with their upcoming/delayed swipe-touch mouse), the OS demo reveals a laser beam focus upon the tablet experience. Frankly, it's the best thing we've seen since iOS, exhibiting what we believe is a better execution of touch-based operations than either Google, RIM and their ilk have produced in the race to catch up with the iPad. Love it or hate it, the iPad is the leader in UI design, but what we respect about the direction Microsoft has taken here is less "copy and paste" and embarking in a much more risky vision of the user experience on mobile devices, from the phone to the tablet, all the way to larger PC screens. Key features of Windows 8:
- Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.
- Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.
- Fluid, natural switching between running apps.
- Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.
- Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.