A video showing early Windows 8 concepts has surfaced online

By: Dmitro Koval | 05.10.2022, 20:52
A video showing early Windows 8 concepts has surfaced online

It's been almost 10 years since Microsoft released Windows 8 as part of the promotion of its new Surface line of tablets. Since then, two Windows executives have changed, but Steven Sinofsky has suddenly made himself known by sharing a few Windows 8 concepts in a new video.

Here's What We Know

Development of the tablet system began in the spring of 2010, when Microsoft held a team event for the Windows organization at the Seattle Convention Center, where it talked about its vision for the new OS. "This version was made after the meeting," Sinofsky explains. "It was a highlight of the many months of work we spent planning the release and all the components of Windows 8.

One of the first images shown in the video is the new (of course at the time) Start menu, which Microsoft has shifted slightly for ease of use on touchscreen displays. A very similar version was included in the final build of the system, but users didn't really like it because it replaced such a handy Start menu and opened full screen. In the other image, we can see the usual Start button next to the widget touchpad. In addition to the Start menu redesign, we can see the task manager, which doesn't look at all like what we might see in Windows 10 or 11.

All of these concepts suggest that the company's developers worked early on what eventually came out in Windows 8, and that Microsoft didn't immediately decide to abandon such an important item as the Start menu.

Source: The Verge