Video: Windows 8 Uses WP7 Design, Runs from USB Stick
So far, leaked information about Windows 8 has been unremarkable, but a new video shows that Microsoft may be taking cues from the interface design of Windows Phone 7 when making Windows 8.
As you can see in the video above, Windows 8 still has a lot of similarities with Windows 7 , and from what we’ve seen in other leaks, it probably won't be a huge redesign. But the fonts and menu styles seem to be influenced by the "Metro" design aesthetic Microsoft used in Windows Phone 7 .
This video shows the latest build of Windows 8 we've seen , build 7955 (the most recently known build had been 7850). It comes from a Windows enthusiast site WinFuture.de. It doesn't go much beyond the login screen, but it also gives a preliminary idea of how the clean design of Metro has been integrated.
The only new feature that the video reveals is that users will be able to use videos as their profile image, not just pictures.
However, a leaked download of Windows 8 code has revealed another interesting feature. It appears that Windows 8 will be able to run off of a USB memory stick, opening up a myriad of possibilities for carrying around your computer with you on a simple flash memory drive.
The older leaked build (7850) contains references to a "Portable Workspace Creator" that allows users to "run Windows from a USB storage device. The feature will only work on drives that have at least 16GB of capacity. With falling prices for flash memory, a 16GB USB memory stick is already quite affordable and should be even more so by the time Windows 8 comes out.
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