Microsoft kicked off its BUILD conference in Anaheim, California, by showcasing a detailed preview of Windows 8 to eager devs.
A number of new features were highlighted during the BUILD keynote speech, including an in-depth look at the Metro touch-friendly UI, full-screen apps and "touch-first browsing" with IE 10.
Microsoft also focused on the operating system's comprehensive sync capabilities, which effectively "roams" all content from various cloud services - photos, email, calendar and contacts - while keeping them up-to-date on multiple devices.
"We [basically] reimagined Windows," explained Microsoft exec Steven Sinofsky. "From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise."
According to Sinofsky, Windows 8 is built on the "rock-solid foundation" of Windows 7, as it delivers improvements in performance, security, privacy and system reliability.
And perhaps most importantly, "Windows 8 reduces the memory footprint needed - even on the lowest-end hardware - leaving more room for your apps," he reiterated.
Additional Windows 8 highlights include:
- Windows Store - Allows devs to easily sell and distribute their apps.
- Rich hardware integration for DX11 gaming - Facilitates the easy creation of full-screen games with smooth, flicker-free action.
- New generation of hardware - Support for ARM-based chipsets, x86 (as well as x32 and x64) devices, touch and sensors.
- Always connected - Ultrathin PCs and tablets turn on instantly, run all day on a single charge and stay linked to the 'Net.