Microsoft this week gave developers the first in-depth look at Windows 8--the operating system that could finally make it a player in the tablet market. Take a look at key elements.
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The tablet for version of Windows 8 will feature a touch-based thumb pad. The virtual keyboard is split in half so users can type without having to put down their tablet. It's also possible that some hardware makers will opt to include a physical keyboard, as Microsoft says it's open to numerous hardware configurations.
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