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Windows 8 Previewed

Windows 8 Previewed

Microsoft previewed its next generation operating system, codenamed 'Windows 8.' The OS work-in-progress has been redesigned from the ground up for touch, and is slated to work across a variety of devices, from touch tablets to mouse and keyboard desktops.

From Microsoft's official press release:

Here are a few aspects of the new interface we showed today:

• 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.

Here's a video showing Windows 8 in action.

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