We were at Microsoft's BUILD conference keynote address today and had a chance to see (and tweet about) some of the features revealed for Windows 8. Here's a rundown of the highlights:
Starting out, Steve Sinofsky discussed WIndows 8 on ARM processors, not that it's "equally at home on ARM and x86". Hardware graphics acceleration is "baked in" to the OS.
As you've probably already heard - it wasn't a secret going into BUILD - the Metro UI introduced with Windows Phone 7 is being adopted in Windows 8. The Metro-style even extends to the remote desktop app, which supports remote touch.
Of course, you're probably interested in the developer side of things. To paraphrase a tweet from @DavidJKelley: programming becomes a life style choice in Windows 8 - HTML5, Silverlight, C++/XAML its all good. The new version of Expression Blend will now work with HTML5/CSS as well as XAML, and they demo'd converting a Silverlight app to a Win8 app by just changing some using statements.
Developers also now have acces to SkyDrive access just like local file system through APIs.
There's a lot more, and we'll be covering much of it in the Daily Insider[^] tomorrow, so make sure you're subscribed.
Finally, if you're ready to play, you can get your Widows 8 dev preview tonight at dev.windows.com. No activation needed (though no support provided, either).
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