Windows 8 Editions

Microsoft has announced which editions that will be available for "Windows 8" when it is released to market around Q4 2012:

Windows 8 is the official product name for the next x86/64 editions of Windows. Windows 8 has effectively two types of windowing environments:

  • Windows Desktop is the traditional windows interface with task bar and 'start' button. This interface is almost identical to Windows 7.
  • Metro is the new tiled based interface first used in Windows Phone 7, but optimised for large touch enabled screens.

Users can switch between each environment, or mode by using a new interface paradigm called 'Charms' which appear when the mouse, or finger is positioned to the left or right edge of the screen.

For PCs and tablets powered by x86 processors (both 32 and 64 bit), there will be two editions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro

Windows RT is the newest member of the Windows family – also known as Windows on ARM (one of our fellow Cambridge technology companies) or WOA (Windows on ARM). This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with long battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. There is to be no Outlook on this version, and it is also not possible to install non-Microsoft Office traditionanal windows or .Net applications.

TriSys Version 10 is already running on non-ARM Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

There will be two ways to run TriSys on ARM Windows RT mobile devices:

  • Via the ASP Remote Desktop
  • The New TriSys Web Browser product, or Project-X as previously discussed

Developers can now develop for Windows 8 using a new programming environment called WinRT, which is like a mini .Net framework, but allows access to the Metro interface to create native applications for tablet devices based on ARM processors. We can also build native applications in HTML5 and Javascript and Visual Studio 2012 provides new capabilities to assist developers with this.

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