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Microsoft offers Windows 8 sneak preview

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Microsoft today took the wraps of Windows 8 – the company’s next operating system – which will power the next generation of PCs.

It was demonstrated for the first time at the D9 conference in the US and is a dramatic change to the Windows computing experience.

The interface has been completely reimagined and takes a lead from the Windows Phone 7 user interface with tiles on the home screen.  

The demo showed off a number of the new features and benefits which will include the launching off apps from a home screen which will replace the Start menu we’re all used to on the bottom left of the screen.

These tiles will represent a different application and will also display live notifications within them. Like an email app, for example will show how many unread emails there are in your inbox.

Users will also be able to snap their application to full screen mode and shrink it down to a tile once again. This makes for even easier multi-tasking as well.

The new Windows 8 start screen featuring interactive app tiles

Windows 8 will have the ability to adapt to the device it is running on whether it’s a laptop, desktop or touchscreen product.

Julie Larson Green, Microsoft’s corporate vice president, Windows Experience says Windows 8 has been optimised so users do not have to make any compromises.

“We are excited to bring an innovative new platform and tools to developers and see how their creativity jumpstarts a new generation of apps,” she said.

“Windows 8 apps can use a broad set of new libraries and controls, designed for fluid interaction and seamless connectivity.

“Apps can add new capabilities to Windows and to other apps, connecting with one another through the new interface.”

Microsoft has not announced when Windows 8 will be available.