Want to get your hands on Windows 8? You can get a copy today – well, it is the developer preview, but that should be enough to start making some design decisions. It’s available RIGHT NOW, from this link:
The Windows 8 Blog has finally started giving us some real information about how Windows 8 will work and deal with more complicated issues.
Some of the main complaints users had with all the Windows versions in the past was how files were copied, managed and renamed. It looks like the people on the Windows 8 team at Microsoft are trying some user focused solutions.
I highly recommend taking a look at the blog and getting involved in the conversation. each post seems to reflect that they are actually reading our comments and trying to respond.
For a while it was looking like we were going to have to wait until the Build Conference on September 13 in Anaheim.
A video demonstrating for the first time the new Windows 8 touch interface. The 32 minute video was shot at the Computex 2011 in Taiwan. The presenter is Mike Angiulo, Microsoft corporate vice president.
One more (I can’t resist) step toward full body interfaces. Great idea for many reasons and situations and as an alternative to keyboards, mouse, joystick, etc. MojoKid writes
“When it comes to controlling your favorite PC title, you’ve got a few options. There’s a mouse. There’s a keyboard. There’s a control pad and the joystick. Now, there’s one more option apparently. Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) announced today the SoftStep KeyWorx multi-touch foot controller, the world’s first foot controlled digital interface. Available for Mac and Windows, this controller sits on the floor. The company claims that it has multiple uses for gamers, video editors, programmers, data entry professionals, disabled people, repetitive stress syndrome sufferers, etc. It’s both pressure and location sensitive, USB-powered, and contains ten fully customizable keys that remember up to 100 sets of commands for repetitive tasks.”