by Mohamed Ali Souissi, live from Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona
The 2012 Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona was an opportunity not only for us to discover the latest mobility-related developments from the various manufacturers, but also for Microsoft to talk about its next operating system: Windows 8.
On Wednesday February 29, the Redmond-based firm presented an “all-purpose” OS. At least in terms of its graphic interface.
To achieve this, Microsoft has incorporated the main features from the Windows 7 interface for PC and its smartphone system Windows Phone 7 for tablets. The end result is a new interface called “Metro”, built around interactive “tiles” representing the applications (or programs) installed or open on the device.
When we talk about applications, stores automatically come to mind. So, this was also an opportunity for Microsoft to inaugurate its online application store: Windows Store. A sort of response by the firm from Redmond to Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Market. In this way, application developers will be able to create products built for the Metro interface on tablets.