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See Windows 8 Interface In Action

Whether you use your PC for gaming or just surfing the web, this is the shape of things to come.

An interesting video blog cropped up this week from Microsoft that should be of interest to anyone in the gaming crowd, given the amount of time most of us spend on a computer for one reason or another. The video shows off the dramatic changes coming to the next version of Windows, which is expected to start showing up on everything from laptops and desktop computers to tablets in late 2012.

Windows 8 is currently only a code name -- Microsoft is likely to announce a final name for the new operating system sometime before release.

The video does a good job of showing just how different the new system will be. Optimized for touch-screens, but still purported to be friendly to mouse and keyboard users, Windows 8 appears to abandon many of the legacy interface ideas that have been around for years.

Check out the brief video, and then share your thoughts in the comments below. What do you think of Windows' upcoming departure from its traditional presentation? Is the change a smart move to compete against the work being done by companies like Apple? Do you see any features in the new OS that you particularly like or dislike?

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