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Windows 8 UI: Sneak Peek

With the much anticipated release of Windows 8 around the corner, we just couldn't resist sharing an early bird review!
Windows 8 will go on sale on October 26.

Perhaps Windows 8 is the biggest event in the year after the launch of fifth generation of the iconic iPhone 5 by Apple Inc. But how does it fare as far as its UI is concerned? Here is a sneak peek!

Windows 8 seems to be bogged down with bugs:

1. Confusing navigation: Vertical scrolling in Windows 8 desktop PC version and horizontal scrolling in Windows 8 UI.

2. Some of the apps that can be used in either one cannot be used in the other.

3. Gestures like right click are pretty hard to master in case of desktop version, making it difficult for average users to use the OS.

Microsoft has, in a manner of speaking, revolutionized Windows in the most radical way ever! So much so that the traditional desktop risks getting relegated.

However, the first reviews that have surfaced after some users tested the RTM version can be best described as confusing. Yes, you heard it right, confusing!

Windows 8 has been modeled as the operating system of the new world order that of the smartphones, tablet PCs, ultrabooks and of course, the age old desktop whose very existence may be at stake after the much anticipated operating system is unleashed.

Josh Clark, a well-known interface designer was quoted by PC World as saying, “[With Windows 8] Microsoft is doing something we are all going to have to do soon, which is designing for all these different outputs and inputs.”

Bewildering gestures
When operating Windows 8 on a tablet, all you need is scroll through a list of apps to swipe your finger across the screen. But when you want to perform a similar action on a desktop PC, you need to hover your mouse pointer in the lower-left corner of the screen, followed by moving the pointer upwards. Either you got to be a geek to master that action or learn it pretty hard way.

Duality Syndrome
Microsoft Windows 8 is suffering with a duality syndrome of sorts. There are two versions of the operating systems on the same system, which need to be maneuvered in some way. For instance, you can use apps from various publishers on one, but not on the other.

It does not stop there. While vertical scrolling is the standard for Windows 8 for desktop PCs, horizontal movement holds the sway in the UI version. Sounds puzzling? Apparently it is!

The picture will become clearer once the operating system is unveiled on October 26. Till then, we are keeping our fingers crossed!