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We all know that Windows 8 will be designed to run on tablets and according to some recent reports, the next version of Windows will put a heavy focus on mobile devices. Windows 8 will supposedly feature a welcome/unlock screen similar to the one found in Windows Phone 7, a new Ribbon UI for Windows Explorer and a document reader that uses a new packaged application model that “closely resembles Windows Phone 7 application packages.” These new features suggest that the operating system will be headed towards a more mobile-friendly interface than the previous versions of Windows. While this may be a good sign for users who want Windows on their mobile devices, it makes one wonder if the desktop version of the operating system will be streamlined similarly as well. After all, the desktop version of the Windows 7 is what makes it a great operating system and optimizing a desktop OS for the tablet/smartphone could have pretty drastic results.

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