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Windows 8 news promised in official new blog

Microsoft has launched an official Building Windows 8 blog and Twitter feed, revealing details about the next generation of Windows.

Microsoft has opened a hailing frequency to tell the world about Windows 8. The official Building Windows 8 blog and Twitter feed reveal details of the next generation of Microsoft's operating system, which will unite PCs and tablets.

Windows president Steven Sinofsky signed on with the first blog post, proclaiming that 'Windows 8 reimagines Windows for a new generation of computing devices'. The blog will continue to introduce new features and discuss the new software with developers.

We've had a couple of glimpses of Windows 8 -- see our preview and photo gallery. Its interface features large, coloured squares called live tiles, inspired by the tiles in Windows Phone. The idea is that it will look great on both PCs and tablets, and will work with a mouse or touchscreen.

It will work on devices that use both Intel processors and ARM-based chips, so it can be handled by tablets, desktops and laptops. We haven't heard any manufacturers commit to a Windows 8 tablet yet, but the word on the street is that Microsoft could knock up an own-brand tablet. Good idea -- the iPad and Android Honeycomb tablets have only had a head start of a few years.

Microsoft also promises to listen to feedback on Windows 8. Here's some for you, Microsoft: Windows 8's new look is for tablets not desktops, according to CNET UK readers.

Windows 8 will be demonstrated in greater depth at Microsoft's developer conference, Build, in September. The software could be opened to the public at CES 2012 in January, and may make its full debut roughly this time next year.

In the meantime, take a look at the software that inspired Windows 8, with our review of Windows Phone 7, or wax nostalgic with a look at 25 years of Windows in pictures.