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Microsoft Previewed its New OS “Windows 8″

Microsoft has previewed the next generation of its operating system at the D9 conference in Palos Verdes, California. The software giant says that the new version code-named “Windows 8” is a “reimagining of Windows.” Microsoft’s upcoming OS will scale touch-only small screen devices to larger screens, with or without a keyboard and mouse.

Windows 8 interface is designed for touchscreen devices and is based on live tiles that can be customized, similar to Windows Phone 7. Live tiles will come with notifications, enabling users to always see up-to-date information from their apps. The new interface will allow users to switch between live apps and also resize an app to the side of the screen for improved multitasking experience.

Microsoft says that web apps built using HTML 5 and JavaScript will have access to the full power of the PC. Windows 8 will also run a touch-optimized Internet Explorer 10.

“Although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard,” Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows Experience, wrote in an article.

According to the press release from Microsoft, developers also will be able to use common Web technologies, such as HTML5 and JavaScript, to create applications for the PC, further easing integration and adoption.

Microsoft says that Windows 8 user interface and new apps will work on a wide range of screen sizes, from slates to laptops and desktops.

Larson-Green said Microsoft will reveal more features of Windows 8 at Build, its developer event in Anaheim, California, opening on September 13.

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