Microsoft launches Windows 8 preview

Kicking off Microsoft's BUILD conference, Steven Sinofsky pitches the company's next generation operating system

By , IDG News Service |  Software

For the business market, Sinofsky also demonstrated a remote desktop access application in Windows 8 that will allow users to log into and make full use another Windows 8 computer, through the touch interface. He also showed Windows 8's virtualization capabilities, designed to allow users to build and run a virtual machine. The presenters demonstrated a new task manager that shows CPU, disk, networking usage and performance. They also showed off a system wide spell checker, which can be used by any application. Developers can also make use of other routine tasks embedded in Windows 8, such as search and networking.

Another big change for developers is the option to use Web standards, such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) to write Windows Metro-style applications. "This is a departure from prior operating systems," said IDC software analyst Al Hilwa. "This is a smart way of attracting new developers who have moved to standard technologies."

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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