Microsoft shows off Windows 8
Microsoft has showed off its Windows 8 operating system at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Under pressure from Apple and Google, the tech giant has made a number of radical changes to the platform.
Windows 8 is designed to run on both desktop computers and tablet devices, being optimised for touch and the traditional keyboard and mouse.
The touch interface sees users dragging downwards to close applications, pinching to zoom and swiping laterally to switch pages and screens.
Arguably the biggest change is in the implementation of the Metro user interface seen in Windows Phone 7, with an emphasis on colourful Live Tile icons.
Microsoft is also set to deliver Metro-styled applications via the Windows Store, which sees Microsoft and developers split revenues. Applications spotted during the keynote address included Wordpress, an Amazon Kindle reader and popular mobile title Cut the Rope.
However, traditional applications can still be downloaded from third parties.
Consumers wanting to download the preview version of Windows 8 can simply visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso