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Major Changes in the Windows 8 UI

Introduction

Windows 8 is the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Introduced in September 2011 and released for general availability in October 2012, Windows 8 has a number of key differences to Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows. The most immediately obvious changes affect the UI; Windows 8 has a new interface that's been significantly altered.


In Touch
The new Windows 8 interface was created with touchscreen device compatibility in mind. This means that users will be able to control Windows 8 applications using gestures. Although Windows 7 did provide support for touch, this was limited. Windows 8 attempts to rectify this, providing an interface that's intended to be as easy to use with touchscreen technology as with a traditional keyboard and mouse.
The addition of expanded touch support is an important feature of Windows 8, as the new OS will be rolled out on Microsoft's various tablet PCs and other touch-enabled devices. User reports indicat…