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Windows 8: The sum of the two interfaces

Head of Microsoft Windows Steven Sinofsky (Steven Sinofsky) at the official blog of Building Windows 8 bit said about the two different interfaces of Windows 8 – traditional and new, using the style of Metro Windows Phone.

Many wonder how the company intends to merge the two into a harmonious environment. Why do we need two user interfaces? Why not go everywhere in the whole style of Metro? Others believe that the Metro – for tablets and touch and that Microsoft should be avoided to simplify Windows 8 with this design. In Microsoft understands this, but believe that it is such a path can provide a good balance. The harmonious relationship of both user interface – an important part of Windows 8.

The company started to plan Windows 8 summer 2009 (prior to the shipment of Windows 7). Initially, Microsoft has decided to radically rethink Windows, even the most basic elements of the user model systems, platforms, and supported architectures.The company did not intend to compromise.

This meant a revision of the tools, API, language, user interface and even some of the basic concepts of PC. For example, how to isolate applications from each other how to make economical use of battery applications? How do I install applications quick and painless? How to attract the broadest possible range of developers to the new platform? How to make a unique touch screen interface?

Microsoft notes that the new style Metro is much deeper than just a visual style. In this, as promised, Mr. Sinofsky, we will see in the coming months, as familiarity with the new OS and fast environment Metro, which is the center of the application.

Simultaneously, the company was aware that Windows 7 was a great success. Not only in terms of sales volume or number of people using it, but also in terms of depth of use. Hundreds of millions of people every day rely on the interface of Windows, the existing programs and devices and offers from Microsoft for this environment a new generation of PCs.

Thus, the role of the old Windows interface is clear. It lies at the heart of hundreds of thousands of existing applications, to which people rely on a daily basis, the vast array of business software, and provides a level of precision and control, which is critical for a number of problems. What people do on their PC today, can not disappear immediately but due to new applications in the style of Metro. The mechanisms by which people rely are (mouse, hardware keyboards, touchpads) do not suddenly become less common, or “bad” only because the sensory input is also a first-class option. These tools often are the most powerful, ergonomic and fast for many tasks.

Microsoft can not just turn the page and submit only one interface Metro in Windows 8. This did not wish many people, even active users tablets that have laptops at the same time providing more accurate control and sometimes critical constantly developing programs and tools. But people do not want to carry two different devices.

According to Microsoft, its approach can not make any compromises and gives users the best of both worlds. The vision of Microsoft is based on the foundation of PCs, has proven its flexibility and adaptability, passing through many major changes in hardware and software paradigms. However, users also get a new Metro-style interface with multiple applications that have the new attributes and properties that go far beyond the graphic style. Details are promised at the convention BUILD this month.

The company notes that users can if they wish to work with the new touch interface, never resorting to the old – the last in this case will not even boot (literally will not run the code) as long as the powerful do not need a program or familiar surroundings, working optimally with keyboard and mouse. Two environments are combined in one device.

Microsoft believes that the familiar Windows interface will continue to actively develop and even to the time when a wide range of scenarios can be performed in the style applications Metro, the old interface will play a key role for many, many people. The company will continue to develop and improve it.

He graduated from the article Steven Sinofsky these words: “Our goal is clear: no compromise. If you wish, you can seamlessly switch between applications in the style of Metro and improved desktop Windows. Existing programs, devices and instruments will remain and be improved in Windows 8. On the other hand, if you prefer to immerse themselves in the only application (and platform) in force Metro and the new user environment, you can do it! Developers can rely on those API, which makes sense for the software they wish to provide. People can debate how much they need these or other aspects of the product, and it will always be true. All this is possible thanks to the flexibility Windows ».

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