Is Microsoft® Aiming for Portable Devices with Windows® 8 UI?By abhishek.k ,Friday, July 29th, 2011
If you have seen the startup screen of Windows 8, then you would have noticed that the user interface (UI) has been completely overhauled as compared to Windows 7 or Windows Vista. In fact, Microsoft has taken a leap forward in enhancing the navigation of the operating system so as to make it as simple and streamlined without any desktop icons or menus.
The tiled-based operating system of Windows 8 was first featured in Windows Phone 7, and has brought about a great interest in users. Since Microsoft has designed Windows 8 with a touch screen interface, it seems that the market segment of portable devices such as smartphone and tablets was largely kept in mind. Besides, Microsoft has already included the tile interface in Windows Phone 7, which may serve as an example for Windows 8 to be hosted on tablets and smartphone.
In terms of the UI in Windows 8, Mangos’expected launch in next Fall will bring some similarities with Windows 8. However, the main aspect that has to be seen in Mango is whether Microsoft will have one integrated operating system platform for both portable and desktop devices? So far, the previews of Mango look good in terms of its user experience. In terms of early leaks, Mango has added more features as compared to Windows Phone 7. Overall, an operating system like Mango for the smartphone would certainly be helpful in terms of the ease of navigation.