Windows 8 Boot Process gets Touch Interface and More

It looks like the BSOD wasn’t the only thing that got a face-lift. The boot process has received a GUI overhaul with touch screen capabilities. Check out a video demonstration below:

Steven Sinofsky, the president of Microsoft’s Windows division also lets us in on some of the reasoning behind the new design.

Boot is the sort of effort that gets no respect. It is either too long or all the work to make it nice and pleasant hopefully goes unnoticed since you never want to boot your machine. I remember a meeting many years ago where Bill Gates said (paraphrasing) “Boot is a one-line function call that computes a constant yet takes forever: fBoot = SystemBoot()” At the same time it seems like everything boots these days—phones, TVs, cable TV boxes, even my TV remote boots. In building Windows 8, we set out of take advantage of some new technology and revisited some old assumptions to totally rethink the boot experience. We also wanted to make it more accessible and better suited to devices without keyboards.
–Steven Sinofsky