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Windows 8 in News: Developing a Metro Style Desktop Browser; High Performance Touch Demo

Internet Explorer 10 is not the only browser that would be available the desktop mode in the upcoming Windows 8, and or to the Metro UI. We already know that, when it comes to desktop, Microsoft will allow for legacy applications to run on x86-based Windows 8 machines.

Now, Microsoft has released a new document “Developing a Metro style enabled desktop browser”

describing the process of building an browser application for Windows 8. “A desktop browser that chooses to participate in the new Metro style experience when the user has expressed preference for the browser to do so. Such a browser can provide HTML5 rendering for webpages and service HTTP / HTTPS requests,” Microsoft explains.

“By definition, such a browser has full access to Win32 APIs for rendering HTML5, including the ability to use multiple background processes, JIT compiling, and other distinctly browser-related functionality (like background downloading of files). Desktop browsers typically run at medium or low integrity level.”

On supported machines, the same browser will be able to run both as a Metro app and in the desktop mode, Microsoft states. For that, the browser will have to be set as default on the Windows 8-powered computer.

“In Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the browser that the user sets as the “default” for handling web pages and associated protocols may be designed to access both the Metro style experience as well as the traditional desktop experience,” Microsoft explains.

You can download the document here.

Microsoft has been investing big in touch-enabled devices lately, in addition to designing the upcoming Windows 8 platform with optimizations for use on touch-enabled tablet PCs, the company is also working on ensuring that these devices pack the most advanced technologies available today.

A recent video coming from Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group shows a highly responsive touch panel that could make it inside devices in the not too distant future.

The group managed to bring the touch input delay to as low as only 1ms. In the video, Microsoft compares this technology with the capabilities of existing touchscreens.

Paul Dietz from Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group notes that, while current screens have lag of around 100ms, the 1ms response time is what would indeed make things great. After all, this is what the touchscreens should offer, instant reaction.

“Seen at TechFest 2012, High-Performance Touch is a touch-display system with two orders of magnitude less latency than current systems,” the video’s description reads.

Also, in the video “Hyper-V Cmdlets in Windows Server 8 Demo” below, Hypert-V PM Eric Bahna demonstrates the new Hyper-V Windows PowerShell cmdlets in Windows Server 8.

If you would like to run the demo yourself, the script is available for free http://aka.ms/sd4fra.