Microsoft showed off its upcoming operating system Windows 8 today and released it for a consumer preview. It offers a completely different user experience than what most are familiar with (read: no traditional task bar on the desktop–although the option still is available to run existing programs). Utilizing a dramatic new look and feel than previous versions of Windows, it sports the sleek “Metro” interface that’s already on Microsoft’s mobile platform. Just as on phones and tablets, navigating through menus and apps can be done through swiping and selecting tiles.
You can install and test the preview version today at http://preview.windows.com. A final release is expected in the fall.