Leaked Pre-Beta Screen Shots Show Windows 8 With Ribbon Interface

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The move, along with synchronizing the look and feel of Windows and Microsoft's desktop applications, would also better position Windows for use on tablet devices with their touch-screen interfaces.

Microsoft hasn't disclosed a timetable for releasing the next generation of the desktop Windows operating system – the current Windows 7 became available in October 2009 – but there have been reports Microsoft is shooting for a release date in 2012. That schedule would mean partners and customers are in for a string of Windows 8 beta releases later this year and into next year.

Word of the leaked screen shots appeared on the WithinWindows Web site over the weekend. The screen shots also show a login screen similar to Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.

Microsoft introduced the ribbon in its Office 2007 applications and continued with it in the Office 2010 release.

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Microsoft has said that Windows 8 will run on tablet devices and plans to support the ARM system-on-a-chip microprocessor architecture, in addition to x86 microprocessors.