Microsoft during its TechEd NA keynote, demonstrated how Windows 8's built-in hypervisor will allow developers to run an virtual instance of Windows 7 to test software on old and new versions of the popular Microsoft operating system.
The best part is that Windows 8 and Windows 7 could be split on the display screen so that the same app running on Windows 8 can be shown side-by-side with Windows 7.
"I find this exceedingly convenient. IT pros can check out how things work in different versions. You can now feel free in an enterprise to mix and match new Windows 8 tablets and PCs with older systems," Linda Averett, who heads program management for Microsoft's developer experience team stated.
A new image leadked today, claims shows the design of the Windows 8 Compatibility logo, also known as "certification artwork." As, you can see the image shows a number of different colors for the design, all of which have the official Windows 8 logo announced a few months back.
The logo seems to come in light blue, dark blue, purple and black versions. The logos also come in designs that have either a colored background and a white logo, or the other way around.
Winunleaked also claims it will also show the compatibility logos for Windows RT-based devices "soon".
Metro style apps are the focal point of the user experience on Windows 8 Release Preview. Great Metro style apps share an important set of design traits that provide a consistent, elegant, and compelling user experience.
If you are a developer or designer creating a new user experience for your Metro style app and you want to learn how to get started, Microsoft is hosting a free virtual training dubbed "Windows 8 UX fundamentals - free virtual training."
"On 14th June from 9am to 5.30pm PST, the Windows User Experience team is running sessions on how to design great apps that use the platform in cool ways and follow UX guidelines," James Senior on Windows 8 app developer blog announced.
After the training, "you'll be able to design and build experiences that follow the tenants of great apps, use intuitive information architecture patterns, and use best practices for designing flexible layouts, touch, contracts, and much more," he said. Check the schedule below:
- Embracing Metro style design - the principles of designing for Windows 8
- Less is more: Commanding, information architecture and navigation
- Be fast and fluid: Designing for touch, mouse and keyboard
- Be fast and fluid: Animations
- Snap and scale beautifully: Designing apps with adaptive layouts
- Using the right contracts
- Connected and alive - how to design great tiles and notifications
- Anatomy of an app: case study