Windows 8 may be available to the public in a developer's version but that doesn't mean Microsoft can't show off more features of its next operating system. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did just that today during a keynote speech at Dell World today in Austin. Informationweek.com reports that Ballmer took the opportunity to show off some aspects of Microsoft and its plans for Windows 8.
One of Windows 8's new features allows its locked screen to still display important info. Ballmer showed the crowd that the lock screen can be used to show if a PC's user has received any new email or gotten any new notifications on his or her social networking sites. The idea is that if a PC user leaves to, say, go to the bathroom, he or she can come back and instantly see if there is any new email that needs addressing.
Baller also demoed the new Metro interface for Windows 8 for those folks who had not seen it before. That included a demo of the new Start screen with its tile interface that lets the user see information like a news alert, stock prices and more. Computerworld.com reports that Ballmer also showed off some features of Windows Server 8 as it ran 32 virtual processors that contained over 100 GB of RAM.
While Ballmer showed off both Windows 8 and Windows Server 8 during the keynote, he didn't mention anything about its support for touch screen tablets that Microsoft heavily promoted during its BUILD conference last month operating system. He also only briefly mentioned the mobile phone industry during his speech. This address was clearly for the hardcore PC crowd.