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09 Dec 2010  

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Windows 8 to Sport New GUI Codenamed Wind, Reportedly

Windows 8 could feature a new graphical user interface codenamed Wind, according to a third-party source.

With each new major iteration of Windows, Microsoft has also revamped the graphical user interface of the operating system.

Perhaps the most comprehensive overhaul of the GUI happened between Windows Vista and Windows 7, although the redesign had at its basis the UI evolution from Windows XP to Vista.

In this context, it’s rather a safe bet that Windows 8, or Windows vNext, will feature a redesigned UI. To what point? Well, this remains to be seen, but according to windows8italia (via
winrumors), the changes will be extensive.

It appears that Microsoft is cooking two user interfaces for the next version of the Windows client.

One will be designed for usage in scenarios involving machines with limited hardware resources and for the 32-bit (x86) version of Windows 8.

The other however, reportedly codenamed Wind, will be tailored to 64-bit (x64) computers with powerful resources, as it is said to require as much as 170 MB of graphics memory alone.

Codenamed Wind would be the evolution of the current Windows Aero in Windows 7, but it will be taking the UI to the next level in Windows, including enhancing the UX with 3D effects, although it will also work fine with older monitors.

More importantly,
Windows 8’s Wind will be dynamic, and intelligent enough to adapt itself to the user.

Windows vNext’s UI will be capable of speeding up workflow by creating shortcuts whenever necessary, and also making the icons tailor themselves to user needs and usage habits.

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