Microsoft Previews Windows 8 at Build 2011 Conference

Software giant Microsoft has finally unveiled the preview of Windows 8 operating system, which will be launched in 2012.

The operating system, which was unveiled at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, will be compatible with tablet devices, desktops and laptops.

The software has been designed to form on systems powered by ARM processors, which are found mostly in tablets and smartphones due to their low power consumption.

Microsoft is hoping that with Windows 8, it will be able to penetrate the tablet computing market which so far has been dominated by Apple’s iPad and Google’s Android based devices.

At the conference, Microsoft unveiled a Samsung tablet running the Windows 8 platform. The tablet device came with 64GB of storage, 4GB RAM and an Intel Core i5 processor.

The software comes with two user interfaces. One is the traditional UI which looks pretty much like Windows 7. The other UI, called Metro, is meant for tablet PC environments and comes with large tabs and buttons that make it easier to navigate in a touch based interface.

“We re-imagined Windows. From the chipset to the user experience." Windows president Steven Sinofsky said during the conference.