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Microsoft Release Windows 8 Preview

Last week Microsoft released the first preview of the Windows 8 user experience last week: see 5-min video on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p92QfWOw88I

Summary: Major changes from  the Windows 7 UI, designed primarily for a touch-based UI but borrowing and extending the “tiles” metaphor from Windows Phone 7. The UI is mainly built in open-standard web technologies: HTML5 and Javascript – which has brought into question to future of proprietary Silverlight and .NET UI components (WPF).

(True to form, from the comment at the end MS still seem intent on swimming against the tide and talking about “Slates” rather than “Tablets” for touchscreen devices).

See also: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/229519/microsoft_windows_8_demos_spur_developer_worry.html for commentary on how this has been received for the MS developer community.

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