Windows 8 is an operating system poised halfway between yesterday’s desktop and tomorrow’s touch-screen interface. The OS seems to build more for tablets and mobile devices than traditional computers.

Stephen Sinofsky, president of Microsoft’s Windows unit, told developers Tuesday that they would only have to write one version of their apps in order to access the entire Windows 8 user base, regardless of whether users were running the PC or tablet version of Windows 8.

Sinofsky also said all Windows 7 apps will run on Windows 8 PCs. More consumers now use Windows 7 than Windows XP. Microsoft has built plenty of apps for its new interface: games, several social networking apps for Twitter and Facebook, a location-based app called NearMe More >

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