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Microsoft Windows 8 Promises a Platform for Full-Screen Apps

Microsoft Windows 8 Promises a Platform for Full-Screen Apps

As the beta release date of Microsoft Windows 8 is approaching near, discussions and speculations about what the latest operating system has to offer are rising high. Other than the regular yet improved features, the cult operating system from Microsoft now offers a great platform for full-screen apps. Users can now touch their applications, customize them, and view them in a full-screen mode without interruptions or menus hanging on the top of the screen.

So whether you want to create a word document or PowerPoint slide, browse the internet, watch movies and videos, check weather information, or read RSS feeds, you simply need to slide your finger over the tile to open it. Open the full-screen view and experience a truly beautiful, rich app feel. Yes, even your word document will appear in a full screen mode to give you the feel of a white blank paper on which you can scribble your story.

Or else, take a walk down the memory lane when seeing friends’ or family photos in full screen mode or roll on the floor laughing when watching your favorite animated movie. Nothing can dare to interrupt your pleasure, no menu, no tabs to give you the feeling of a computer. What’s more, when you need to access another application, just slide your finger to the right hand side or up at top of the screen to bring up five Charms viz. Search, Share, Start menu (or the Home screen), and more. You can even open and view 2 or more apps in parallel.

What’s more, Internet Explorer (IE) 10, the web browser, is here to take your browsing experience to another level. Get faster, richer, and never before fluid-touch web experience when browsing the internet in IE 10. The chrome-free browser screen offers a full screen view of the websites. If you want to customize the settings or go to another website, slide your finger down from the top of the screen to unhide the address bar and other tabs. This way you get more space and a neat website experience. You can even pin your preferred websites to Windows Start, the startup screen to access them with just a single tap.

Wait it’s not over yet. Windows 8 has a lot in store for developers too. They can now create rich, beautiful Metro style full-screen apps for their customers. Besides, the built-in Windows Store will enable them to preview and use apps before buying them and download from a comprehensive suite of services and tools. Same goes for the customers too.

Windows 8 integrates DirectX, which is a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) for creating different apps, especially rich, Metro-style games. Thus developers can now write chrome-free, rich, full-screen view games using JavaScript, CSS3, and HTML5. They can even create immersive 3D and 2D game apps using XAML powered by Visual Basic or C#. There are HLSL and C++ languages also powered by DirectX 11.1 to exploit the full graphics capabilities of contemporary graphics devices.

It doesn’t end here as the list of features continues. There is much more to say about Windows 8, which is still under Microsoft’s veil. Let’s wait for the beta version to be unveiled and we’ll have bountiful information to review and share the features.