Microsoft shows off Windows 8

It looks like last week’s rumors about Microsoft giving the world a taste of Windows 8 at the D9 Conference today were spot on. Microsoft showed off what they’ve been working on for Windows 8 so far, and it looks pretty good. Nevermind the fact that its tablet interface is a “skin” over the regular desktop operating system, it looks and functions like the Metro UI from Windows Phone 7 and it works pretty impressively.

One of the new features of Windows 8 is the ability to run web-connected and web-powered apps built using HTML5 and JavaScript, which enables useful and powerful apps on the tablet UI. Apps can be snapped and resized easily on the side, making multi-tasking a breeze. The UI will work with touch input and gestures just as well as it works with a mouse and keyboard.

The main selling points about the operating system would be its backwards compatibility to the thousands of apps already available for Windows right now – there’s no need to wait for an app store to develop – you can already buy what’s on the market right now. Check out a video demonstration of Windows 8:

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