New Windows 8 Interface Rumoured to be called Mosh

New Windows 8 Interface Rumoured to be called Mosh

While we’ve not seen the anticipated Windows 8 first peak at CES, which was unlikely anyway given the raft of WIndows 7 tablets being launched there, new details about the OS have emerged.

Technology blogger Paul Thurrott is reporting that the new OS will feature a tile-based interface called Mosh (presumably because you can dive right in). This won’t be a new mainstream interface however, and will be one specifically for devices such as tablets, slates and other Windows embedded devices. It also sounds initially rather like the custom Windows 7 interface for the ExoPC.

Windows 8 will include a new tile-based user interface that's codenamed Mosh. Assuming this is true, I have to believe that this UI will be an alternative UI, and not a full replacement, or will appear only on low-end tablet-like devices aimed at the iPad. It sounds like something that will silence the critics who want the Windows Phone OS on a tablet.

Windows 8 will also include a new app model codenamed Jupiter that will target a new Windows Marketplace app store. The app store will provide access to new, Silverlight based "immersive" applications that are deployed as AppX packages (.appx). The Windows and Office teams are betting very heavily on this new app type, according to my source, and development has already begun using a beta version of Visual Studio 2012. These apps can be written in C#, Visual Basic, and even C++.

It is also rumoured that there will be a new applications model codenamed Jupiter, presumably accompanying the expected Windows app store. This app model is expected to be based around Silverlight and will be delivered at .appx packages.

There’s no more information but both of these are believable and, frankly, were to be expected. We’ll provide you with more news as we get it.

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