The Windows 8 Start screen borrows heavily from Windows Phone 7
Apps and touch are central to Windows 8
Internet Explorer 10 has been given a touch makeover
The new Task Manager in Windows 8
Microsoft previewed the next version of its Windows OS in June at D9 and a few more details leaked out shortly after that, but the biggest reveal came this week with Microsoft giving a preview of Windows 8 to kick off its Build conference, followed by the Developer Preview hitting Microsoft servers for anyone to download. With the surge in popularity of touchscreen devices over the past few years the new OS is designed to run on a wider variety of devices and chipsets and embraces touch and apps in a big way with the new "Metro style" interface.
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