Window On Windows 8
With the next evolution of Windows Operating System (OS) just around the corner, Microsoft decided to invite the media from all over Southeast Asia (SEA) to their regional office in Singapore for a short preview. The event also gave Microsoft the opportunity to show off their “New World of Work” office design philosophy. Coinciding with the new features found in Windows 8, the concept is designed to help offices better utilise and integrate their workspace. While these features are not for mass adoption yet, the Redmond based company is already showing vendors and visitors how the new workplace ecosystem will come together.
Firstly is the philosophy behind the layout of Windows 8, which originally took its inspiration from Windows Phone 7. There is no mistaking that the OS was designed with mobile devices in mind as the engineers explained that all the menus and tabs that one would use for navigating and operating a tablet can be accessed by swiping in from the edge of the screen. The concept behind this design was to make sure user’s don’t have to move their hands away from gripping the device. Notebooks and traditional desktop pes are not left out as the same menus can be accessed by moving the cursor to corners of the screen.
These menus share the same function as the right-click menu in older versions of Windows, but appear in a form that is friendlier to devices that do not use a mouse.
Also demonstrated at the briefing was the yet-to-be-revealed Internet Explorer 10 (IE10), which Microsoft claims is faster and smarter than any of its predecessors. Admittedly, some of the innovative functions in IE10 created the impression that the future has seemingly arrived. One of these features highlighted was IE10 having the ability to predict the next link that a user would click on and pre-load it. This usually means it just looks for the link that says “next page” but there is a clever algorithm behind it. Additionally, pre-loading the page gives the users the ability to skip ahead multiple pages via the Forward button. In the case of tablets and smartphones, it would be swiping forward instead.
Perhaps the most useful of the new additions to Windows 8 is the search “contacts” feature, which allows for cross-searches through many apps at the same time. Whenever a search is conducted, every app that may have something related to the search term will turn in a result. While this could mean terrifyingly long search results, they also promise a more comprehensive and integrated user search experience.
The Windows 8 Release preview is already available for users to try it out while the full version of Windows 8 is expected to arrive in October.