Mi­crosoft re­leases Win­dows 8 test ver­sion

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BARCELONA | Mi­crosoft Corp. on Wed­nes­day let con­sumers start try­ing out its up­com­ing touch-based Win­dows 8 op­er­at­ing sys­tem, which aims to power a new wave of com­puter tablets and tra­di­tional PCS de­signed to counter Ap­ple Inc.’s big gains in the mar­ket through its Macs and ipads.

The test “beta” ver­sion of the re­vamped sys­tem was in­tro­duced at the Mo­bile World Congress in Barcelona, the world’s largest cell­phone trade show, and bor­rows some of the look of Mi­crosoft’s Win­dows Phone 7 soft­ware for Win­dows 8.

Win­dows 8 doesn’t have the tra­di­tional “Start” menu, and ap­pli­ca­tions are spread across a mo­saic of tiles in a de­sign Mi­crosoft calls “Metro.” Ex­ec­u­tives said it pow­ers up on PCS in eight sec­onds, much faster than the pre­vi­ous ver­sion.

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