Windows 8 makes its first proper appearance this week -- bringing a new tablet with it. Word on the street is that the first Windows 8 tablet, built by Samsung, will be revealed at Microsoft's annual Build conference tomorrow.
Build kicks off in Anaheim, California on Tuesday. The bunfest for software developers will also see Microsoft give us our first proper glimpse at Windows 8 in action, and reports say attendees will each receive a Samsung slate powered by the new operating system.
Windows 8 is based around big colourful squares, or tiles, which are designed to look good on screen and be friendly for fingers to tap on touchscreens. The design is based on the interface of, Microsoft's software for smart phones. That touchscreen-tapping penchant should make Windows 8 run on tablets too.
Windows 8 will have, and apps built for Windows Phone could even run .
Windows 8 will Intel-designed chips used in PCs, as well as the low-power chips found in smartphones and based on designs from UK-based ARM
Windows 8 is likely to run on other devices too, so desktop computers, laptops, tablets, phones, and even TVs will have a unified look and feel. Xbox Live will also be integrated with Windows 8 -- and is already in Windows Phone -- tieing games consoles in too.
Phones and computers coming together to make sweet software love is so hot right now. Apple has drawn on elements of its iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad in desktop software , including and apps. Click here for our .
You can keep track of Windows 8 direct from the horse's mouth at the. We've had the merest glimpse of Windows 8 so far, but have whet our appetite.
Could this latest version bring the fun and excitement back to the world's most widely-used operating system after the disaster of Vista and the mish-mash of Windows 7? Tell us your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.