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Christopher Mims

A View from Christopher Mims

Video Shows Windows 8 Seamlessly Integrating Touch, Desktop, and Web

Windows pulls back the veil on its next OS, and it’s a doozy.

  • June 2, 2011

“This is the new version of Windows. It’s going to run on laptops, it’s going to run on desktops, it’s going to run on PCs with a mouse and keyboard, it’s going to run on touch slates, it’s going to run on everything. Hundreds of millions of Windows PCs powered by this new interface and new platform.”

Notable:

* Windows 8 apps are a new class that will be built with HTML 5.

* But existing Windows apps will continue to work in Windows 8.

What does this tell us? That Microsoft recognizes the power of tapping Web developers directly. Through intermediaries like Appcelerator, Apple’s iOS ecosystem has already benefitted from this trend. In the future, developers move seamlessly from the Web to the desktop, just like their apps.

Read more: Previewing ‘Windows 8’

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