Microsoft showed us IE10 on Windows 8, which honestly has a very iOS-like feel to it. You get smooth scrolling and panning, with a PlayBook style support for tabs. It's amazing how much of the Windows 8 UI looks a lot like RIM's first tablet.

The URL bar is hidden by default but it's actually at the bottom of the screen when revealed. Microsoft has a couple of touchscreen keyboard options, a standard mobile OS keyboard and a split version that lets you type with two thumbs while holding a tablet. 
 
Microsoft also showed that you've got full access to the underlying file system regardless of whether you're in standard Windows mode or the new tile based start screen with lighter weight HTML5 apps.

Overall I'm very impressed with what Microsoft has shown thus far. It's a pretty well done mix of a tablet based UI without giving up the traditional Windows interface.
 
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  • Fritzr - Friday, June 03, 2011 - link

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  • darwinosx - Thursday, June 02, 2011 - link

    "It's a pretty well done mix of a tablet based UI without giving up the traditional Windows interface."

    Uh, what> This is the downfall of the whole thing. Microsfot slapped the Windows Phone UI, which has failed in the marketplace, on a tablet with the standard Windows interface underneath. Which doesn't work on a tablet! Its really terrible and great evidence that Microsoft hasn't learned a thing.
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  • Spivonious - Thursday, June 02, 2011 - link

    WP7 has been out for 8 months and you're declaring it a failure? The Mango update this fall will be a gamechanger. Not to mention that the largest carrier in the U.S. (Verizon) just started offering WP7 phones.

    Give it time.

    Personally, I think MS did a fantastic job with the touch UI in Windows 8. If they can get tablet prices below $400 (and they will by using the ARM platform), they will be a major player.
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  • yyrkoon - Friday, June 03, 2011 - link

    And windows phone has sold exactly how many copies ? Hint: many. Reply
  • B3an - Friday, June 03, 2011 - link

    How has Windows Phone 7 failed? It's not even been out a year you moron. Do you expect it to just sell 50 bajillion phones on release? In the first few months of release Android didn't do well.

    And the WP7 UI has been well received from pretty much anyone with an IQ above 10. It's widely regarded as a great UI, and morons like you wont change that fact.
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  • crossa - Thursday, June 02, 2011 - link

    I think we will have more options if windows 8 is released. But Now I prefer android pad!
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  • wewter - Thursday, June 02, 2011 - link

    <darth vader> Impressive. </darth vader>

    BAH! As a pre plus owner (webOS) ... seeing things like this makes it tough. The TouchPad is less than capturing (especially w/ these recent Kal-El vids, are you kidding me?!) -- and honestly, what is the point of webOS if you have a windows OS that compliments our win7 PC (probably not win8, i can't see why it would be "necessary" on a pc, unless ).

    I don't care what ANYBODY says. win8 will take it because of the file system. If i can install win progs onto my tablet, without any subscription/file-check/blocks in place -- that is my dream.

    I want my own cloud. I don't want someone [anyone] else w/ access to my data ... write an article about setting that up ==> PC to tablet ultimate synergy imo - accessing PC files from your tablet wherever you are using any wifi or data connection (preferably mobile hotspot from phone )
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  • Belard - Thursday, June 02, 2011 - link

    That for sure.... Win8 is the biggest UI change since Win95. Yes, in general - XP, while it has some modern and Mac like looks and features, is still functionally the same as Windows95. Even the HD properties in XP is 100% the same ugly blue and purple pie chart chart!

    It looks very interesting... its a move to the future. My guess, people at computer companies are watching the new StarTrek, Avatar and Minority report and prepping our computers to work in more intimate and advanced ways.

    It will be somewhat "scary".

    Maybe 10 years from now, our GUIs will look NOTHING like Windows7 / OS-X of today...
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