Microsoft Introduces Windows 8

Today, at the D9 Conference, Microsoft Introduces the next generation of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” The new version, optimized for touch, presents a radically different interface similar to Windows Phone 7. The company says that it’s designed for not only laptops and desktops, but for tablets as well (which makes sense, given its big, touch-friendly buttons and visual style).

Microsoft’s official list of new features:

• 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

Check out the video for a quick overview:

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