The next, latest, greatest, crispiest, new and improved version of Windows is lurking in the shadows, and as of right now Microsoft has unleashed their latest creation upon the public in the form of the Windows 8 release preview.
Microsoft Surface: The tablet PLUS OTHER STUFF. (Includes a magnetic snapping cover that doubles as a keyboard and a kickstand, as well as USB ports). ARM version and Intel versions will be available, priced accordingly, and made to use Windows 8, the link for the PREVIEW immediately following:
The download link is here
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The new design language that has people talking, Metro, has been a long-term evolutionary result of the Zune interface of so many years ago. Re-imagined on Windows Phone and developed for the new wave of computing devices (Tablets, all-in-one touchscreen PC's), Metro has been a polarizing force in the computing world since 2010. Some people find it incredibly easy to use, very informative with little effort, and as fluid and intuitive as it comes. Others have said it looks ugly, plain-jane, and is a waste of space. Use it for yourself to find out.
THE THREE SCREENS
It's been all blah-de-blah up until recent points, but Microsoft is pimping out a design ideal called the Three Screens. Basically, this means mobile devices (smart phones), entertainment devices (XBox), and you computer (your... uh... computer) will all be an interlinked, open ecosystem that passes apps and data between the three with relative ease utilizing shared code and a consistent development language. Services such as SkyDrive and SmartGlass will make the linking all the easier.
Following its rival Apple, Microsoft has brought together all it's biggest services (And most hopeful ones) into a single, streamlined package. While it's unclear exactly how much connectivity we'll be getting between Windows, Windows Phone, and XBox, it's clear that giant steps have been taken to ensure interconnectivity between the devices. Besides all of them having Metro on board, the devices will be able to share data and interact with each other. Apps developed for Win 8 will be able to be run in WinPho8 with very little changing on the part of the developer.
EMBRACING THE FUTURE
At it's core, Win 8 is a forward-facing OS. The minimum PC specs for Win8 are shared with Win7 (With a noticeable increase in performance with Win8), it's got a lot of love for the emerging touchscreen PC/Tablet market, and seeks to embrace the other aspects of Microsoft's varied technological portfolio.