Thursday, March 1, 2012

Windows 8: Smartphone UI for your laptop

Windows 8 consumer preview debuted yesterday at MWC Barcelona.  It's difficult to predict how users will receive the new Windows 8 UI/UX without playing around with it, but from the video clip demo it looks interesting.  One thing interesting is that Microsoft is now fully embracing gesture navigation, but doing it in such a way that it unifies smartphone, tablet and PC user experience.  This may sound familiar if you were paying attention to OS X Mountain Lion announcement a couple of weeks ago.

Touch gesture interaction is the new graphical interface.  Combined with simplified UI layout, smartphone-like interface is setting the standard for how users are expecting to interact with devices.  As a result, if you look at Windows 8, you might think that it might have come straight out of your smartphone.

It will be interesting to see how Windows 8 actually performs on laptops.  Whether it's easy to navigate and get things done, whether it's actually stable enough for business users to upgrade, and other than cool new UI what other features are available that can connect with other mobile devices running Windows 8, would be some things that I will be interested in.

At any rate, on the first glance, it certainly looks like a step in the right direction.

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