It won’t be long now. Every few years, the operating system on your computer becomes old and busted, and some new hotness takes its place. Windows 95 was a revolutionary leap forward, then Windows XP refined and perfected that user experience. These days, though, the idea of the personal computer isn’t a big square thing sitting on a desk in a spare room. Computers are in your laps, in your pockets, and with you wherever you go. Microsoft has seen the future, and a hands-on review of Windows 8 by Fox seems to suggest that MS has embraced a whole new way of managing personal computing.
Weirdly enough, the future of Windows doesn’t involve windows at all, but tiles. Or rather, in MS parlance, Tiles. In order to have some kind of cross-over between Window’s tablet, phone, and computer OSes, Windows is getting redesigned for a more touchscreen-friendly input system, using big, colorful tiles and ribbon display menus to get to the stuff you want when you sit at your computer to do whatever you may be doing. Don’t worry, though. You can still use a standard keyboard and mouse if you don’t want to spring for a touch-screen monitor (or even use a pen if you have a tablet input).
Would you use a touch-screen desktop PC? I’m not really sold on it. I like the way things are now, I like having a physical mouse and keyboard, and I like being able to use my computer and not worry about smearing barbecue sauce all over the display in the process.