Microsoft has previewed the next version of Windows OS that will support small and large screen tablets as well as traditional desktop devices.
The new software was previewed at the D9 All Things D conference and the Computex trade show in Taipei.
Microsoft said that the new software represented a ‘reimagining’ of Windows, designed to work on all types of form factors. The company said that Windows 8 will be able to take inputs from the traditional mouse and keyboard and will also well on touchscreen devices.
Judging by the demonstration, Microsoft has designed Windows 8 along the lines of Windows Phone 7, complete with the tile like interface, which was demonstrated on a prototype tablet, a laptop and an All-in-one PC.
"Although the new user interface is designed and optimized for touch, it works equally well with a mouse and keyboard," said Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft corporate vice president for Windows Experience, Kirkland Patch reports.
"Our approach means no compromises, you get to use whatever kind of device you prefer, with peripherals you choose, to run the apps you love," she added.
Although Microsoft Windows is still the most popular operating system for traditional PCs, Microsoft has so far had much less success selling its mobile OS.