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Tiles

Windows 8 features tiles that display more information than traditional icons.

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Start Screen

Windows 8s start screen offers a variety of quick-glance information, including (at least, based on this screen) time and date, and emails and conversations.

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Touch-Sensitive

Microsoft plans to port Windows 8 onto a variety of devices, including the tablet and PC form factors.

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Apps

Microsoft offered a glimpse of a few new applications at work, including this News one.

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Horizontal

As with Windows Phone, the Windows 8 interface seems to emphasize a horizontal format, with the ability to scroll left or right to see new information.

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Mouse and Keyboard

Windows 8s user interface is also navigable with the traditional mouse-and-keyboard configuration.

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Swiping

Here is a shot of Windows 8 finger-swiping in action.

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Multitasking

Windows 8 offers the ability to run multiple applications simultaneously.

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Snap

Like Windows Vista and Windows 7, Windows 8 lets the user snap content to the sides of the screen—in this case, a secondary application running alongside the main one.

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Apps

Here is an image of two Windows 8 applications running concurrently.

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Web Cruising

In this shot, Internet Explorer 10 is operating on Windows 8 on a tablet.

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Virtual Keyboard

Here is an image of Windows 8s virtual keyboard (for tablets).

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Ergonomic

For tablets, Windows 8s virtual keyboard can be configured into an ergonomic, thumbs-optimized format.

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Existing Apps

Windows 8 will also run existing Windows applications.

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File System

Despite the new tile-centric format, Windows 8 will also offer a robust file system.

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