PALOS VERDES, California (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp showed off a version of the software company’s next operating system, highlighting touchscreen features that would work well on a tablet computer, at the All Things Digital technology conference on Wednesday.
The head of Microsoft’s Windows unit, Steven Sinofsky, said the product did not yet have a name, and did not say when it would be released.
In a demonstration at the D9 conference in Palos Verdes, California, a Microsoft employee showed a starting page that resembles Microsoft’s latest phone software, with live ‘tiles’ manipulated by pressing and swiping the screen.
The demonstration shows Microsoft is making progress toward running its operating system on tablets which may be able to rival Apple Inc’s iPad, launched 14 months ago.
The demo comes five months after Sinofsky showed off a very crude version of the new Windows system working on ARM Holdings chips on at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
Reporting by Sarah McBride and Bill Rigby; Editing by Phil Berlowitz