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Windows 8 Metro UI Will Support Both Touch-centric and Desktop Apps

Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky, in a new Windows 8 blog post, reiterated that Microsoft is going to support both new touch-centric apps and existing Windows desktop apps, with its new Windows 8 Metro style user interface.

Sinofsky said that they first showed off the Windows Metro UI experience–fast and fluid, immersive, beautiful, and app-centric: Microsoft is planning to offer Windows 8 users a choice. They’ll be able to use a tile-based interface optimized for touch that looks like the “Metro”-centric UI on Windows Phone 7. Or they’ll have the option of switching to a more classic Windows desktop experience that is navigable using keyboards, mice and trackpads. Both modes will be available to users on both tablets and PCs, Microsoft officials said earlier this year.

Sinofsky’s post makes it clear that the new HTML5/JavaScript/Metro apps are going to be the new, cool showcase apps from Microsoft’s perspective.

“(I)f you want to stay permanently immersed in that Metro world, you will never see the desktop–we won’t even load it (literally the code will not be loaded) unless you explicitly choose to go there!” he blogged.

He said that “Windows 8 brings together all the power and flexibility you have in your PC today with the ability to immerse yourself in a Metro style experience. You don’t have to compromise! You carry one device that does everything you want and need. You can connect that device to peripherals you want to use. You can use devices designed to dock to large screen displays and other peripherals. You can use convertible devices that can be both immersive tablets and flexible laptops.”

“Which brings us back to the improvements we’re making to the desktop experience: we believe in the Windows desktop. It powers the experiences today that make a Windows 7 PC the most popular device in the world. So, even if we believe that over time many scenarios will be well-served by Metro style apps, for the foreseeable future, the desktop is going to continue to play a key role in many people’s lives. So we are going to improve it. We’re having a good dialog about what folks might think about our design choices but also wanted to put these choices in a broader context of the unmatched utility of the desktop,” added Sinofsky.

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