Windows 8 was first shown off at the D9 All Things Digital event in Racho Palis Verdes, California, and was later shown to the public at Computex 2011. The release of this version of Windows has been very expected, and the fact that Microsoft would show it at these events has made people very excited. Windows 8 was designed to show people the new features and capabilities of the operating system. It was also designed to give people a better user experience. People who went to the D9 All Things Digital event and Computex 2011 could see the live demo. They could also learn more about Windows 8.
Steven Sinofsky, President of Microsoft, provided a hands-on demonstration of Windows 8-based devices. Windows 8 is created as a single operating system that is compatible with desktop, laptop, and tablet devices that are equipped with touchscreen capabilities. “Our focus is on creating an intuitive user experience with Windows,” Steven remarked.
Windows 8 appears to be similar to prior versions, although some menus have been redesigned. For example, the lock screen has been changed so that it looks like Windows Phone 7. The user can also change the background, view the date and time, and get the email and calendar notifications. By swiping on the lock screen, the Home screen will be accessed.
The Start menu has been changed a lot, and now shows the status menus differently. The new status menus look like the Homescreen from Windows Phone 7. The Live Tiles menu provides users with information on applications installed on Windows, as well as continual notifications and updates.
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