Steve Ballmer – CEO Microsoft, Julie Larson-Green – Windows and Antoine Leblond – CVP Windows Program Management discussed at the Build 2013 conference in San Francisco about the economic opportunities and reach design that generates software development through the Windows platform, including new tools for advanced programming and support services.
Also, company representatives announced the immediate availability of Windows 8.1 preview, the next update for Windows. Larson-Green has made a demo of the key features of Windows 8.1, including a higher degree of customization, searching through Bing, cloud connectivity to SkyDrive, perfect browsing experience for touch devices using Internet Explorer 11 recent applications and other news.
Other issues discussed include: redesigning the Windows Store for clients on Windows platforms through which they are connected quickly and efficiently to the desired applications, more monetization opportunities, including virtual cards on Windows Store, through which customers can purchase apps, books, games and any other content; a complete user experience, thanks to Windows 8.1 applications that work together to enable data sharing, screen sharing and provide a richer user experience on the device varied sites, including and new devices with 8-inch screen or less.
Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s general manager, said at this year’s Build conference that Facebook and Flipboard apps will come in the official version of Windows 8. Windows Phone and Windows 8 lack in native applications, but it seems that this will go away soon. The first major step is that Facebook and Flipboard, two big names in the online content will come as native applications on Windows 8. Also, Microsoft announced the new Windows 8.1, giving it to preview users. Facebook is the largest social network and Flipboard enjoys a growing popularity among readers of news and other items online. They are made and displayed in Flipboard content as a book. Currently Flipboard is available on Android and iOS. Up, on the other hand, there is the Windows Phone, but in a version relatively poor compared to Android and IOS. Steve Ballmer seemed quite optimistic presentation at Build, saying that hundreds or even millions of applications are created daily to Windows 8.
“By the end of this month, Windows Store will pass the threshold of 100,000 applications,”
he said, filling with another interesting statement.
“We literally are data showing that daily work between two to three million Windows applications.”
He refers, of course, all those programs designed for Windows. That does not mean they are all optimized for Windows 8 and Windows Store that come in, only to be created for the entire Windows ecosystem.
There are important changes that will really affect the user experience, for better or worse, reported by The Verge. Yes, the Start button is back and a few new tricks are added to Windows 8. You can display all applications, becoming a sort of Start Menu, but overall it is just a button that takes you to the home screen of the Modern UI interface of the new operating system of Microsoft. With a right click on the Start button you can find commands for shutdown or restart your computer. Microsoft has relied heavily on the fact that users do not need it, so it should make them “veterans” to the platform feel like home. In addition, all the old range, Microsoft offers more multitasking possibilities when you’re in Modern UI. From here you can set up to 3 apps on the screen, filling in equal proportions by 25% and a greater than 50%. They can be glued and two with 50% compared to the classic 30/70 in the first version of Windows 8. Best applications for entertainment and productivity features in Microsoft deliver many photo applications. Photosynth is now part of the room, so you’ll be able to shoot at 360 degrees, almost how it is done on Android with Photo Sphere. Move the tablet around and you get an interesting view. In addition, you can easily turn photos, enlightening them or cutting through them.
Internet Explorer 11 arrives in Windows 8.1 and switching between tabs will be at the bottom of the screen now, not up, as it was the first version of Windows 8. In addition, sites will have Live Tiles on the home screen, as such applications. Furthermore, Internet Explorer 11 will recognize phone numbers from their sites directly calling them via Skype, for example. The e-mail application for Windows 8 has been redesigned, better structured than before. There is support for drag and drop and Swype easier to delete mails.