Microsoft Windows 8 Unveiled

Yesterday at D9, Microsoft unveiled Windows 8. Windows 8 is designed for a range of devices from those that have just a touchscreen and are small (think smartphone/tablet) all the way up to large screen devices with or without a keyboard and mouse.

Microsoft has departed from the usual Windows look and feel in some ways by using a more interactive user interface.

Some of the changes and features include the following:

* Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.

* Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.

* Fluid, natural switching between running apps.

* Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.

* Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.

* Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

Microsoft comment that the OS is designed for touch, but at the same time it works with a mouse and keyboard. At the moment no pricing or a release dates have been provided.

To see the new Windows 8 UI in action, check out the video below:

Via: Techmeme

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