Microsoft unveils a radically redesigned Windows 8

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (CNNMoney) — Windows 8 is coming soon — and it looks nothing like the Windows you’re used to.

Microsoft formally introduced Windows 8 on Tuesday to thousands of software developers gathered at the company’s annual Build conference in Anaheim, Calif. The software giant said it reimagined Windows for the “changing world of computing.”

Windows 8 has a completely new visual interface, optimized for touchscreens on mobile devices like tablets.

The result is a computer that operates as a kind of hybrid PC and media tablet, with all the functions of a standard PC operating system but the user experience of a tablet.

Windows 8 is designed to be “touch first, but equally at home with mouse and keyboard,” said Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s Windows division president.

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