Windows 8 tablet may feature live tiles similar to WP7

There has been a lot of talk recently about Windows 8 after slides leaked showing Dell was preparing a tablet based on the OS for January of 2012. New information is surfacing about what the OS may look like and Phonearena claims to have the knowledge of what the tablet OS will entail. 

According to Phoneareana, they state that "there is to be dual-interface overlay, depending on what is Win 8 running on, and the tablet UI, codenamed Mosh, is speculated to feature big live tiles, similar to what Windows Phone 7 offers." This information seems logical as Microsoft would continue on with the WP7 interface across many of its products and the layout would most likely work nicely in tablet form.

Phonearena also states that "Windows 8 may have a dedicated gaming focus and feature a flexible 3D interface, as well as a Windows Marketplace app store. Microsoft is working with NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to tailor its 'riskiest bet' as Steve Ballmer called Windows 8 for running on the frugal ARM-based chipsets." Previously leaked slides confirmed that Microsoft is working on an App Store and with the success of Apple's App stores, this shouldn't come as a surprise.

While it is impossible to confirm any of this information from Microsoft, it all does seem plausible. But we wont know the true answer until Microsoft finally unveils the platform possibly later this year or during 2012.

[Update] The picture has been removed because no one was actually reading the news and assumed that it was a picture of the interface.

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SarahNewton said,
Personally, I dont think Windows 8 is as useful as Android, for use in tablets.

Well, Android has a less efficient kernel than NT, and requires almost as many resources as a full blown copy of Windows7. I don't think Android is a good example of an efficient Tablet OS, let alone even a good Tablet OS in general.

There are a lot of Tablet and Touch API sets and features that just don't exist on Android that exist on Windows7.

For performance, WinCE with the WP7 .NET/Silverlight OS platform is far more impressive. However, as many of us have been saying, as hardware catches up, the need for the WinCE kernel over the NT kernel is reduced, and WinCE will disappear into routers and cars with NT picking up the consumer device product line.

Paul Thurott said something like that too. According to him the next version of Windows Phone will be based on NT…

SarahNewton said,
Personally, I dont think Windows 8 is as useful as Android, for use in tablets.

I beg to differ..... Windows for one, offers me handwriting support and OneNote.

Lets not forget Microsoft has tablet version before but it was really not figure friendly and it was expensive. If they come out with one that is competitively priced (hence going with ARM), touch friendly , and allows for pen input they going to be successful.

Melfster said,
Lets not forget Microsoft has tablet version before but it was really not figure friendly and it was expensive. If they come out with one that is competitively priced (hence going with ARM), touch friendly , and allows for pen input they going to be successful.

Don't confuse actual tablet PC's (tablets) with slatform mini pc's (iPad/slate)

HawkMan said,

Don't confuse actual tablet PC's (tablets) with slatform mini pc's (iPad/slate)

lets just completely ignore the fact the first tablet pc's where called um "slates"....

WP7 won't work well on tablets... not orientated towards it. It need too have a tablet specific build to compete with honeycomb and iOS

jasonon said,
i think Microsoft is confused with their roadmaps. just put wp7 on tablets! done!

They always did it like that in the past (make the screen portrait + call it a day), didn't take off much.

SteelToast said,
WP7 won't work well on tablets... not orientated towards it. It need too have a tablet specific build to compete with honeycomb and iOS

Why won't it work with tablets? how is their 'solution' of a new UI as Android have done any different than if Microsoft used this 'tiles' interface as rumoured? The reason why they don't go WP7 is because Microsoft want to leverage the huge software ecosystem that exists out there thus not requiring vendors to re-write specifically for a tablet.

Samir Shah said,
Microsoft should come clean about Windows 8 UI.

Seriously?

After watching Google rush WP7 concepts and features into Android 2.2 and 2.3, do you really think it is wise to play their hand, especially if they have a unique or good design?

Everyone knows that if Microsoft doesn't create a custom UI interface for tablets, it will fail. Period. Trying to tack on a UI onto a standard Windows 7 installation without apps being customized is silly.

dagamer34 said,
Everyone knows that if Microsoft doesn't create a custom UI interface for tablets, it will fail. Period. Trying to tack on a UI onto a standard Windows 7 installation without apps being customized is silly.

Everyone? That's a slight exaggeration. We don't know how Windows 8 looks yet, it's UI might be great for tablets and PCs alike.

dagamer34 said,
Everyone knows that if Microsoft doesn't create a custom UI interface for tablets, it will fail. Period. Trying to tack on a UI onto a standard Windows 7 installation without apps being customized is silly.

1) WP7 Apps are able to run just fine on Windows7.

2) Windows7, like Vista and XP TabletPC edition have touch and tablet API UI sets. Windows7 added support for 50 touch points, using visual points even for Microsoft surface.

3) The modern API sets like .NET/WPF and Silverlight Web Apps also have rich touch and tablet features. WPF that debuted with Vista, was designed specifically for rich interfaces with rich input support geared towards touch and tablet devices.

4) It is simply that many developers for Windows ignore them and write their applicaitons to work with a keyboard and mouse.

4) There are a lot of developers that have written for the touch and tablet API sets, if you look you can find them. There are some brilliant applications out there.

5) Do a general search to Touch/Tablet applications or go look at any of the Applications designed for Microsoft Surface. You will find a lot of applicaitons from many years ago that look like what people are running on their iPhones and iPads. Heck even some 'concept software that showcased Windows API sets were the basis of many applicaitons for iOS. For Example: http://www.readwriteweb.com/ar...s/times_reader_launches.php

6) Why is using a custom UI or even Shell for Win7 silly? There are a lot of applications that already work great with touch, and then if the user wants to load Corel Painter or Adobe Illustrator or some custom business application, they can. People already run things like Media Center as their main launch point for applications, and use a touch or even remote control for everything they do. So adding on a less confusing/more simplistic shell for applications and just turning on WP7 applicaitons in addition to Win7 touch applications would be far ahead of everyone else. (Let alone there are more people already using Windows7 than all the iPads/iPhones and Macs EVER sold.)

7) Most people never see it, but the Win7 UI already changes quite a bit for tablet and Touch users. Things get larger as needed, a new keyboard and input panel is turned on that you normally don't get and even things like touching and holding for a right click turns on, etc.

I get so tired of people acting like Microsoft needs to 'catch up' when Microsoft was doing really good Tablets back in the 1990s starting with Pen Windows and going forward to WinCE based Tablets. Even in 2001, buying a DESKTOP WinXP computer with a touch or tablet screen was normal, and the screen was detachable and allowed people to walk around the house with just the screen.

I guess Microsoft failed by not marketing this stuff better, and they didn't use the word magical enough...

What's with Neowin and posting stuff from deviantart as concept pictures? I mean this is the second time it's happened in 2 days.

Tom W said,
This isn't new. Seems like they simply posted the same information that Thurrott reported months ago. *yawn*

I was thinking the same thing. In fact I'm sure this very this was reported by Neowin weeks ago, and is counted as one of the things we already know (probably) about Windows 8.

.Neo said,
Is this the week of speculation?

Seems speculation is now considered worthy of reporting by some sites.