Microsoft has admitted its Windows 8 redesign is a "bet on the future of computing" in a detailed insight into the thought processes behind the drastic revamp of its operating system.
In a blog post Windows president Steven Sinofsky said the system had been developed around several converging computing trends, including touch, the use of applications and the demand for instant information from users of web-connected devices.
"The new Windows 8 user experience is no less than a bet on the future of computing, and stakes a claim to Windows' role in that future," he said.
"We tried to break new ground in imagining how using a PC might become a fluid and enjoyable experience, how apps might work together to simplify the tasks you do every day, and how a single screen could bring together everything into one always up-to-date place."
Sinofsky said that the rising demand for touch-based devices was a huge new area that the Windows 8 system can meet.
"For an increasingly large number of people over time, it will be the primary way they interact with Windows. And for the vast majority of users, it will eventually be used alongside mouse and keyboard to complete their experience," he said.
Sinofsky also acknowledged that feedback to the Consumer Preview version of the operating system launched earlier this year had been mixed. However, he said the purpose of the launch had been to listen to user feedback and the firm was confident that overtime users would adapt to the new platform.
"There are parts of the Windows 8 UI that have generated discussions and even debate, and aspects of the change that will take some people a little time to understand and digest," he said.
"We believe in people and their ability to adapt and move forward. Throughout the history of computing, people have again and again adapted to new paradigms and interaction methods - even just when switching between different websites and apps and phones."
He said the full experience of Windows 8 would become more apparent when both hardware partners and application developers become more involved with Windows 8 to help show off the platform to its full potential.
The Release Preview of Windows 8 is set to be made available in June, which suggests the firm is still on course to launch the platform to market before the end of 2012.
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