Windows 8 gets a preview

Eager Windows watchers got their first peek at Microsoft’s next system Wednesday at the All Things D Conference.

The new system, which is code-named Windows 8 for now, features a central start screen similar to the visual style of the Windows Phone. Windows 8 is designed to run on personal computers and touchscreen tablets. This screen makes use of the tiles that are a main feature of the Windows Phone and replaces the start menu.

Getting a system to run on both platforms creates a sort of hybrid feel.

“It’s ‘no compromise’ and that’s really important to us,” Windows president Steven Sinofsky told AllThingsD.

Windows 8 will also have fluid multitasking, the ability to snap and resize an application and a user-friendly file system, said Julie Larson-Green, vice president of Windows Experience, in a company blog post.

What do you think of the early preview?

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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