The Microsoft officials also made a point of demonstrating how one can have more than one Metro application open at the same time on the screen, and how it's possible to toggle between the Metro interface and the traditional Windows 7-like interface.
They also ran through security, virtualization, management and performance enhancements, and reiterated that Windows 8 will run not only Metro-style applications but those built for Windows 7 as well.
However, this isn't true for the version of Windows 8 that will run on ARM-based devices. That Windows 8 version, called Windows RT, will only run native Metro applications, but Windows RT devices will be able to run Windows 7 applications by tapping into them remotely in a data center using Windows Remote Desktop technology.
Leblond also demonstrated how Visual Studio 2012 can be used to build Metro applications, and pointed out that developers will be able to use their current programming skills and knowledge.
"It's designed to let you take what you know right now and use it to build Win 8 apps," he said.
"All this stuff will be incredibly familiar to you and that gives you a head start on building Win 8 apps," he added.
Microsoft on Tuesday also announced improvements to its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite of IT management tools, including the availability of Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) 2.0 beta, designed to simplify the process of provisioning BitLocker. Another improvement is the availability of a beta of Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) 4.0 Service Pack 1, which offers a more secure way of controlling changes to Windows Group Policies (GPOs), according to Microsoft.
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