Microsoft has be showing off its latest operating system Windows 8.
Windows 8 can work on desktop computers, laptops & tablets.
It is due for release in 2012 and has been specifically designed to work with ARM processors, which are very power efficient.
This is Microsoft Answer to Googles Android and Apples IOS operating systems.
Unveiling Windows 8 at the Build developers’ conference in California, Windows division president Steven Sinofsky declared: “We re-imagined Windows. From the chipset to the user experience.”
Windows 8 will have two platforms. A standard desktop that we have all become familiar with on older versions of Windows, and a new tablet version, known as Metro.
Metro features controls that are very similar to IOS and Android like big bulky controls – something that was missing from Windows 7. This is seen as the reason why Windows 7 tablets have not sold as well as their rivals.
Microsoft have announced that they will also be releasing Windows store to compete with Apples App Store and Googles Android Market.
Windows 8 has been specifically designed for use with ARM processors and touch screen devices.
Processors based around the ARM architecture typically use very little power, and as a result are found in the vast majority of smartphones and tablets currently available.
ARM processpors are thought to be mainly used on Windows 8 Metro tablets, and will require ARM-specific versions of applications.
Industry experts Gartner has predicted that the world wide market for tablets devices would reach over 70 million this year, and grow to 300 million in 2015.
Sales of desktops and laptops are expected to continue growing, but at a much slower rate than in the past.
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