Windows 8 is a big complicated product, but one that Microsoft hopes will be simple and fun for users to work with. Trying to get that message across has seen several new posts from the company's Windows 8 blog.
Leading the Way
With Steve Ballmer claiming half a billion poeple will be using Windows 8 by next year, Microsoft has a lot to do. Preparing the way for the launch of Windows 8 is a key task for Microsoft, keeping up both good press and explaining to users about the transitions they face. To that effect, the company is pushing the articles and updates on its Windows 8 experience blog to try and get those messages across.
The key result of all this writing, for users anyway, is a new look for the Windows 8 desktop, and the removal of the much loved/hated (depending in which camp you sat) Aero interface. With a new version of the Windows 8 beta due to be released in June, keep up with the posts to see what's coming.
Experience Evolving Everyday
In a blog post of more historical as well as practical interest, the Windows blog is showing off how the OS has evolved over the decades. From the DOS shell of Windows 1.0 to the breakthroughs of Windows 3.0 and Windows 95, the OS has had to cater for an ever more diverse array or uses and users.
You might need a coffee or other beverage to get you through the monster article, but below the history lesson are six key themes that Windows 8 will address including a fluid user interface, improved battery life, time saving, compatibility and data availability between your devices and the swanky new world of Metro. With hints as what is to come (a lot of stuff isn't in the consumer preview you might be playing with now) it is a long read, but worth it if you're not one of the computer world's old stagers.
Looking Good on All Screens
The latest post on the blog shows how Windows 8 will support multiple displays in new and better ways. From multiple desktop background images, slideshows across multiple screens and spanning for panoramic images, there are plenty of options for those who want customized displays.
Many screens make for happy users
For those who just want lots of screens, and their research shows around 18% of users run multiple displays, Windows has been improved to make the Start bar accessible on any of your screens, as well as run Metro apps on one and desktop apps on another. Apps can also be run on any screen and there is improved mouse control when the cursor approaches the boundary between two screens.