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Wednesday, 17 August 2011 11:00

Microsoft starts Windows 8 spin

Written by Nick Farell


It will cure cancer and bring about world peace
Microsoft has launched a new blog to spin features of Windows 8. As you might expect it is being  billed as the biggest overhaul of the PC operating system since Windows 95.  Invoking Windows 95, which was the point where the GUI OS became truly workable indicates the sort of spin they are going to put on this OS.

The blog does not tell us much yet. Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live group and author of the first blog tells us that Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices. Windows 8 will support ARM SoCs expected to include Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Nvidia's Tegra and Texas Instruments' Omap.  It will work better with touch screens as well as keyboard/mouse interfaces and Tablets. It will be able to handle HTML5, Javascript and Cascading Style Sheets and there will be a new new applications model that lets a single app run on ARM- and x86-based systems. There will be compatibility with prior Windows PCs but a new user interface.

In the blog, Sinofsky noted that today more than two out of three PCs are mobile, and nearly all PCs have wireless networking. Screen sizes range from 10-inch to wall-sized screens, storage is exploding and touch-screens have become widespread, he added. Microsoft said it wants to work more closely with OEMs, chip makers and app developers in the Win8 generation.

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