Windows 8 details revealed

New Start screen takes cue from Windows Phone 7

Expect to see new OS on slates and PCs from next year.

Microsoft has given a sneak peek of Windows 8 at this year's D9 event in the States. And if the one officially released screengrab is anything to go by, the new OS is going to be something completely different.

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Taking its cue from Windows Phone 7, the new Start screen, pictured here, shows open apps as tiles which can be prodded or clicked on easily. All programmes can be seen as tiles, with the grab also suggesting that emails can be pinned to the Start screen, exactly the same as with Windows Phone.

There are set to be stacks of HTML5 and Java-based widgets and apps, with Internet Explorer 10 set to host these add-ons in a stunning fullscreen mode. As you can tell, the Big M wants Windows 8 to be as tablet-focused as possible.

Windows 8 is expected to be released next year, with tablets and top-end PCs feeling the love. Already it looks as if this will be a huge step up from Windows 7, giving Android and iOS plenty to think about when it comes to slates. What do you make of Windows 8? tell us what you think now on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Via All Things D

Windows 8 video: Hands-on

Source: T3 Video