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Windows 8 Start screen
Microsoft Windows 8 apps, interface and development platform unveiled...
Microsoft has taken the wraps off its Windows 8 operating system with demos at the D9 conference in San Francisco and the Computex trade show in Taiwan this week.
Pictured above is the Start screen for Windows 8, which borrows elements of the tiled interface from Windows Phone 7.
The OS will work on laptops, desktops and tablets, and will run on any computer that runs Windows 7.
It is designed to be used with both a touchscreen interface and a mouse and keyboard.
Windows 8 is expected to launch at some point next year.
Windows 8 start screen
The image on the Start screen can be personalised, and users can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to unlock the device.
Photo: Rafe Needleman/CNET