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Tiles and extra security: Windows 8 is coming


This will be the year those anticipating a new Microsoft operating system have been waiting for. Windows 8 is set to arrive some time in 2012, with new functions, a user interface dubbed Metro that takes its cue from tablet computers and a focus on security.

As with the Windows Phone 7 operating system or the XBox 360 console, there are no longer programme icons, but large coloured tiles that also convey live information. Just like with Phone 7, controls have been optimized for touchscreens, although keyboards and mice can still be used.

Also, because of its mobile focus, Windows 8 will run on energy-saving ARM processors, which, until now, have largely been unique to smartphones and tablets.