Microsoft Windows 8 Preview Launched - Download It Now

Microsoft Windows 8 Preview

Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 29/02/2012 14:50 Updated: 29/02/2012 15:36

Microsoft shared Windows 8 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today.

"The first thing you're going to see with Windows 8 is that it's beautiful, it's modern, it's fast, and it's fluid," Windows head Steven Sinofsky told the gathered crowd.

Designed with the new Metro interface, Windows 8 is a mix between an app and an operating system.

Sinofsky seemed to have a stab at Apple and Android with their world of apps during the presentation.

The Verge reported him as saying: "There's too many hard stops between phones and desktops and tablets. Apps are part of those either, or scenarios. You use this app or that app. That's not the right way, these islands of apps. You should add one app, all the other apps get better."

Windows 8 includes a slide lock feature familiar to Apple users, lays apps across the desktop much like the newest Windows smart phones. Internet explorer allows you to navigate between pages by swiping left to right and back again.

Try it now. Download the Microsoft Windows 8 consumer preview now.

Touchscreen Password To Unlock
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The Microsoft team showed off a neat new password system to unlock Windows 8 computers. When your computer is locked, normally you have to type in a text password to regain access to the system; Windows 8 gives the user an option to unlock via a combination of touches and swipes, which might sound familiar to Android users.

When setting up your password, you choose a picture, and you select where on the picture you want to tap and swipe in order to unlock the screen. For example, at the Windows Build conference, Windows Corporate Vice President Julie Larson-Green showed off her picture-password: a photo of her daughter (above) standing on a pier holding a glass of lemonade appeared, and Larson-Green tapped on her daughter's nose, then on the glass of lemonade, then drew a line from the edge of the pier to the edge of the glass of lemonade. Voila! The screen was unlocked.