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Microsoft demos Windows 8 for tablets (photos)

At the D9 conference, Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky and Julie Larson-Green show off the next version of Windows.

Rafe Needleman
Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.
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Walt Mossberg interviews Steven Sinofsky

Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live for Microsoft, talks with D9 conference organizer Walt Mossberg about Windows in general.
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Julie Lawson-Green sets up her Windows 8 demo

Using special test rigs, Julie Lawson-Green prepares to show off Windows 8 on tablets.
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The Windows 8 tablet start screen

The image on the start screen can be personalized (this is Lawson-Green's son). You swipe up from the bottom to unlock the device.
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The Windows 8 tablet "desktop"

Like Windows Phone, Windows 8 on tablets (and every other platform for that matter) has a screen of "Live Tiles" that provide rich data and launch deeper apps. Users can slide the tiles around on the screen.
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A Windows 8 sample app: Weather

Microsoft brought several sample apps to show off Windows 8. This is the weather app.
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The stock market app

The colors are very old-Apple-esque, are they not?
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The Windows 8 'task bar'

On a tablet device, the "task bar" for users is on the right side of the screen. It slides out as needed.
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The task bar, close up

The Windows 8 task bar performs system functions, like connecting to networks. It's also where the good old Windows Start menu lives.
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Multitasking on a tablet

Windows 8 lets users slide running apps to run side-by-side.
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Split keyboard

In addition to the standard on-screen keyboard that takes up the bottom of a tablet computer, users can also switch to a split keyboard, which is easier for thumb-typers to use.
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Twitter app

Another sample app: Microsoft's Tweet-o-rama.
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Photo Feedr

This sample app for viewing photos looks much like Windows 8's tablet file browser app.
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Runs on notebooks

Kara Swisher checks out Windows 8 running on notebook and convertible computers from Lenovo and Dell.
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Wrap-up

Mossberg, Larson-Green, and Sinofsky discuss the new operating system.

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