33 Big And Beautiful New Screenshots Of Windows 8 In Action

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Windows 8 is really coming along nicely.Last time we had our hands on Windows 8 was the “developer preview” Microsoft offered a few months ago, which was beautiful but pretty bare bones.

Today, we got a glimpse at a much more finished and polished version of Microsoft’s next operating system. Microsoft offered a 15-minute tour of the best new stuff, which will be available in late February as another public developer preview.

Here are our favourite parts of the new Windows 8.

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