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Microsoft demoes Windows 8 pre-beta at CES: more customization options and new media players in tow

Microsoft demoes Windows 8 pre-beta at CES, more customization and new media players in tow
Despite grumbling at CES's scheduling, which apparently doesn't coincide with Microsoft's Cyrcadian rhythms, and announcing its withdrawal from the show for next year, the software giant did, however, demonstrate a pre-beta 8175 build of Windows 8.

The build shows that Microsoft is on track to release the public beta in February, and hinted at new features, like the ability to change the Start menu color scheme and other personalization options, such as a transparent Charms bar.

On the media side of things, the new video and audio players with the Metro interface that will be in the public beta were showcased. The pre-beta build also includs a new gesture to get Metro apps out of the way, as well as enhanced keyboard and mouse controls for the Metro UI.

With the variety of innovative form factors that will fit it, like the Lenovo Yoga ultrabook, whose screen flips back almost 360 degrees, or the Sony Hybrid concept that slides the tablet screen up to reveal a physical keyboard, Windows 8 might give the mobile operating systems a run for their money this year.

source: TheVerge

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