A first look at Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 8.

The new Start Screen looks pretty cool – but it just looks very gimmicky… I can’t picture myself computing without the classic Desktop, Start Menu and icons. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Just one thing… why can’t a billion dollar company afford a direct audio line? Audio is terrible!

• Fast launching of apps from a tile-based Start screen, which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps.

• Live tiles with notifications, showing always up-to-date information from your apps.

• Fluid, natural switching between running apps.

• Convenient ability to snap and resize an app to the side of the screen, so you can really multitask using the capabilities of Windows.

• Web-connected and Web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript that have access to the full power of the PC.

• Fully touch-optimized browsing, with all the power of hardware-accelerated Internet Explorer 10.

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