Microsoft demos new Windows '8' for tablets, PCs

June 1, 2011 - 8:29 PM

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. demonstrated its new operating system at the D: All Things Digital conference on Wednesday, a full version of Windows that will operate on tablets and personal computers.

For now, it's called "Windows 8." Executives said that as mobile devices have gotten more powerful, they are able to run the full version of Windows.

The operating system is "touch first," which means it responds to finger swipes like other tablets, but will also respond to keyboards and mouses if they are attached. The home screen consists of various blocks of applications and looks like the Windows Phone interface.

Executives said more details would be unveiled at its developers conference in September. They did not give a release date, but said the operating system would not be released this fall.