Windows chief Steve Sinofsky showed off the next version of the OS, which borrows heavily from ideas in Windows Phone to give a touch interface unlike any previous Microsoft experience

This article titled “Windows 8 preview shows touchscreen interface revolution” was written by Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 2nd June 2011 11.30 UTC

Microsoft has showcased a version of its next operating system which highlights touch screen features optimised for tablets and uses “live tiles” in a system that closely resembles its Window Phone 7 smartphone interface.

Steve Sinofsky, the head of the Windows and Windows Live division, talked at the AllThingsD conference about the new product – codenamed Windows 8 – which is expected to launch late in 2012. Sinofsky joked that the precise date was “a Defence Department secret”.

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