New version of Windows will include ‘ribbon’ navigation and features from Microsoft’s mobile phone operating system.
Microsoft’s strategy of unifying all its various products looks set to continue with Windows 8. New images of the operating system’s welcome screen use the Windows Phone 7 lock screen, while new navigation techniques used in Office 2010 are used in Windows Explorer for file management.
The ribbon was introduced in Microsoft’s latest version of Office to replace large numbers of menus. It gives instant access to common features. Extending it to new versions of Windows itself would, for instance, allow quick synchronisation of files between machines and the cloud, as noted by other bloggers.
Microsoft is also known to be working on app store for Windows 8 and a back-up tool, similar to the Time Capsule that Apple offers. . Also included will be a new PDF Reader and an “immersive” mode designed for tablets.
A public beta of Windows 8 is expected by the end of the year; the current leaks show the software at a very early stage of development.
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