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Windows 8 on its way?

Instead of a toolbar, Windows 8 seems to sport a ribbon, just like new versions of Microsoft Office.

After the huge success of Windows 7, Microsoft is now mulling to come out with its next version, the Windows 8.

Windows 8 is likely to be optimised for touchscreen devices, including tablets. There are big changes afoot in the new version. Windows 8 is likely to feature a new user interface, which would have many speech and touch based enhancements, as well as an accelerometer and similar sensors.

Windows 8 may feature a new ribbon instead of toolbar, which looks just like the one in Microsoft Office. The toolbar previously had drop down menus. The new one may make some people fall in love with it, while others may complain about it taking too much space.

The inclusion of ribbon also recognises the growing popularity of touch-based tablets and mobile phones. The company is also planning to introduce the audio controls on the screen, which will enable the users to listen to the music even when the device is locked.

The welcome screen is also different from Windows Phone as it shows time, day and date as well as power management icons.

But Microsoft hasn’t committed to any schedule yet, according to a Microsoft expert Mary Joe Foley

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