For Windows to work on tablets and touchscreens, it needed to be designed with fingers, short battery life, and on-the-go tasks in mind.
Microsoft accomplished that with Windows 8 by redesigning everything, right through to the first screen you see before you log on. That "lock screen," which displays at boot-up and when the screen times out, shows quick-glance information about users' next calendar appointment, how many e-mails and messages they have, battery life and Wi-Fi signal strength.
Users navigate out of this lock screen to begin using applications with an upwards swipe of the finger, or a swing of the mouse.
Windows 8 is coming soon -- and it looks nothing like the Windows you're used to.
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