Leaked images shows possible features for the upcoming Windows version.
In a world where technology moves at neck-breaking speeds, innovation is what mostly drives successful companies to keep afloat and ahead of the competition. Microsoft is on a similar track with its Windows 8, with newly leaked concept images showing the company is toying around fresh ideas to make the UI more intuitive.
The images, uncovered by Zdnet, are submissions to Microsoft from the company’s R&D arm in India. While some of the ideas may look out of the window (excuse the pun), they are still on a trial basis and may or may not get included in the final build.
One of the ideas is something called “leap”, which looks more engineered towards touch based interfaces. The ‘leap’ feature allows a user to bring a window on the forefront while being in the ‘flip’ mode present in Windows 7 (Windows key + Tab).
Another concept shows a more advanced version of the sticky notes. The ‘smart sticky notes’ might be able to remind users of created events and also hold hyperlinks for quick access to relevant information pertaining to the reminder. Zdnets notes that the reminder could simple be a popup, a sound, or some other type of attention-grabbing feature. Personally, I hope it’s non-intrusive, as in it should zap me out of the window I am currently working, but have enough hoola-pa around it to get me to notice. Then I can lay my mobile calendar to rest from its constant buzz. My quad core can handle it better!
The concepts feels a part of a much larger puzzle and that there are more such concepts that may link and interconnect with each other. While these may not represent the final outlook of what Windows 8 will be, it surely gives us a sneak peak into its development process.