Microsoft is closing in on Windows 8 build 8000 – typically the beta release. This means that a beta release, according to Microsoft’s usual development times, should be due in September 2011.
Windows 8, for those who don’t know, will sport a new ‘Metro’ UI, similar to that of Windows Phone 7. This Metro UI will be used across the range and across all CPU architectures that Windows 8 will run on. Windows 8 also introduces ARM support for smaller devices. ARM versions of Windows 8 will not contain the Windows 7 compatibility mode – a ‘slide in’ Windows 7 style desktop used for running programs designed for older versions of Windows.
The OS has been designed from the ground up for touch screen support – Microsoft clearly believes that touch screens are the future input devices for computers, though a traditional keyboard and mouse will still be supported.
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