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Microsoft has made available a consumer preview version of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system that you can try out. The OS caught my eye because the tile-like user interface appears radically different than the boring old re-iterations of Windows 3.1 -- with minor tweaks that irritatingly require getting used to after every upgrade. This looks like it's worth it. It incorporates a touch interface and striking colors, and it will be equally at home on tablets as on PCs. The app concept is included, as is immersive Web without grubby screen borders.
I found the Interface annoying and clumsy, more appropriate for a tablet with a touch screen not a desktop or laptop.
Hopefully the final shipped version will be nothing like like the preview at least for the desktop....no start button..really(sigh).