The operating system was shown for the first time at The Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
According to All Things D, the goal with the OS is to create something that works equal well on an 8-inch tablet as on a powerful desktop attached to a large display. "It's 'no compromise' and thats really important to us," said Windows President Steven Sinofsky.
First thing that you are going to see when you start Windows 8 is a new Start screen that features a personal mosaic of tiles. Every app on your system is represented by a tile. The tiles can live update and display information without you having to open the application itself.
Touch capabilities are being heavily integrated into Windows 8. You can swipe from the side of your display to move between applications. A feature called Snap lets you pull apps from the side of your screen and display them as a compact sidebar.
Microsoft declined to say when Windows 8 would be available but more information should be available at its developer conference in September.
Check out the video to see Windows 8 in action. Notice the tile for a Windows App Store...