Windows 8 will be visibly different, inheriting the tiled look and feel of the Windows phone OS. The new tiled interface makes it easy to navigate through files and applications with touch-enabled devices, like the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Surface.
1) “Glance on the Go” Touchscreen
The operating system will have a locked screen giving the user a “Glance on the Go” where features such as screen paper or wallpaper, date, time, unread emails, messages, tweets or calendar events will be viewable on the locked screen. To unlock the screen, the owner can opt to use a password or specific gestures, such as dot connection or a three finger swipe, to log into the home screen.
2) “Live Tile Blocks”
The home screen will be filled with a bounty of animated colorful square tiles, with each tile corresponding to a shortcut, application, contact or link. Click on the “Live Tile Block” and be instantly transported to the shortcut, app or link needed.
3) App store
Windows 8 now offers an app store on your PC or tablet, which will serve as a payment center, allowing users to stay updated automatically on all apps and programs. The app store will allow users to search for and purchase compatible applications and programs directly for their PC or tablet.
Microsoft has opened previews of Windows 8 to consumers, providing users the ability to comment on the operating system. By opening the product for use, Microsoft engineers are able to make changes in accordance with the needs and wants of the end-users!