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Walt Mossberg interviews Steven Sinofsky

Julie Lawson-Green sets up her Windows 8 demo

The Windows 8 tablet start screen

The Windows 8 tablet "desktop"

A Windows 8 sample app: Weather

The stock market app

The Windows 8 'task bar'

The task bar, close up

Multitasking on a tablet

Split keyboard

Twitter app

Photo Feedr

Runs on notebooks

Wrap-up

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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Using special test rigs, Julie Lawson-Green prepares to show off Windows 8 on tablets.
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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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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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Microsoft brought several sample apps to show off Windows 8. This is the weather app.
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The colors are very old-Apple-esque, are they not?
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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 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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Windows 8 lets users slide running apps to run side-by-side.
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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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Another sample app: Microsoft's Tweet-o-rama.
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This sample app for viewing photos looks much like Windows 8's tablet file browser app.
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Kara Swisher checks out Windows 8 running on notebook and convertible computers from Lenovo and Dell.
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Mossberg, Larson-Green, and Sinofsky discuss the new operating system.
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