Microsoft shows the pre-beta of Windows 8
Microsoft has outlined some innovations being introduced with the beta release: improved usability and greater customization with a mouse and keyboard.
The CES 2012 will be the latest edition of the event in Las Vegas that Microsoft will be the protagonist. In addition to Windows Phone 7.5, the Redmond Company has outlined the progress made to date with Windows 8. The audience was able to find news that will be introduced with the beta version of the operating system, expected in February.
Microsoft has described some features showing the pre-beta of Windows 8, known as build 8175, and the beta should be identified as build 8200. Several partners of the company, including Intel, Qualcomm and NVIDIA have taken the opportunity to showcase some prototype tablet that will be marketed later this year. Intel showed a prototype 32-nm Atom processor. Qualcomm has brought on stage a tablet with dual-core chip Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 to 1.5 GHz NVIDIA, finally, showed a tablet with Tegra 3 processor.
As anticipated through the many posts from Blog Building Windows 8, Microsoft made several changes to the interface Metro, already visible on the Lock screen, where they were placed icons for the notifications to email, chat, and reminders. Furthermore, now the user has more ability to customize the Start screen, in fact, can choose the background color, and create groups for applications.
It has also been improved user experience with mouse and keyboard, one of the main problems detected in the previous Developer Preview of Windows 8. No problem for the execution of applications of Windows 7 on the new operating system, even if Microsoft has shown only Word, Excel and PowerPoint, while the Metro will have to be purchased from Windows Store that will be integrated into the public beta.
Other new products introduced during a demonstration about the new Windows Explorer, with which the user can search for files and preview in the form of tiles. As it is known, all Metro applications run in full screen. Microsoft showed Internet Explorer 10 and a revamped media player, running simultaneously to PowerPoint and Word. The Windows 8 applications are not closed, but remain active in the background, although with a minimum employment of resources.
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