Microsoft: Windows 8 is the biggest shift in design since Win 95

It has been a busy few days for Microsoft. On June 1, they finally showed off the much anticipated tablet interface for Windows 8, but that doesn't mean the Windows 8 information from Microsoft is letting up any time soon. At Computex today, Microsoft showed hardware partners the next Windows platform, code-named "Windows 8", to help the vendors build devices that take full advantage of the new user experience.

Mike Angiulo, seen above, showed the flexibility of the new platform by stating how it is optimized for touch-centric hardware. Tablets were specifically mentioned, but it could also be presumed that touch based computers from HP and other manufacturers could take advantage of the new UI. Microsoft states:

Our aim with ‘Windows 8’ is to make the user experience a natural extension of the device, from the time you turn on your PC through how you interact with the applications you know and love,” Angiulo said. “This represents a fundamental shift in Windows design that we haven’t attempted since the days of Windows 95, presenting huge opportunities for our hardware partners to innovate with new PC designs. ”

Microsoft also stated that this shift in design is their biggest attempt since Windows 95. This single statement shows that Windows 8 will not be a simple clone of previous versions of Windows with a few new features and optimization under the hood. 

While we have yet to get our hands on the new interface, specifically in tablet form, the video released yesterday does show a lot to be desired. The new UI appears to be a blend of the Windows Phone platform, a little bit of classic Windows, and a bunch of new innovations that will create an impressive tablet experience.

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