Microsoft has replaced the Windows Start menu with a tile-based screen for its upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
The start page was one of a select few features previewed in a video played at the All Things Digital D9 conference in the United States overnight.
These “live” tiles can reveal up-to-date information such as the number of new emails, the day’s appointments in the calendar, notifications from social networking feeds, the current time or temperature.
Microsoft said these applications will be controlled by both mouse and keyboard on traditional desktops and laptops, as well as by touch interface on tablets and other slate computers.
The video demonstration shows a Microsoft engineer flicking between applications at rapid speed, a new way of visualising the file system and a more ergonomic ‘thumbs layout’ for typing on touch screens.
The vendor said it will reveal more on the user interface in a series of staged videos during the coming months.