Microsoft unveils its new Windows 8 operating system
Microsoft has taken the wraps off the next generation of its Windows operating system.
The software, which is due to be released in 2012 will work on the popular ARM-designed low power processors for the first time.
Unveiling Windows 8 at the Build developers’ conference in California, Windows division president Steven Sinofsky declared: “We re-imagined Windows. From the chipset to the user experience.”
The system will function through one of two interfaces; a traditional desktop, similar to that seen in previous editions of Windows, and a tablet version, known as Metro.
Metro features larger, chunky controls of the sort that best suit touchscreen use. The current lack of such an input method is widely seen as the reason why few Windows 7 tablets exist.
Microsoft said that it would also be launching its own online marketplace – the Windows Store – to sell downloadable applications.