Wait, did you say Tiles? Yep, Microsoft unveiled a working prototype of its next generation Windows 8 operating system that comes complete with—tiles. The new operating system out of Redmond changes what consumers have come to expect in the traditional desktop computing environment. Instead, Microsoft has borrowed heavily from elements found in their mobile applications line, specifically, from their much maligned Zune Mp3 players and freshly minted Windows Phone 7 operating system. The interface breaks up multiple applications into the so-called tiles that are then displayed in a format that is optimized for touch-sensitive displays. All is not forever changed though, there is an option for technophobes to remain with a marginally updated version of the Windows desktop that you may or may not be reading this blog on right now. All in all the initial reaction seems to be a rather intrigued one from members of the tech community, but the ultimate conclusion seems a few months away as a launch date has yet to appear.
Ed Walters / September 13, 2011