Hands on: Windows 8 tablet review

Samsung Windows 8 Developer Preview tablet up close

There aren't any Windows 8 PCs yet, especially not any running on ARM chips, although we've seen demonstration prototypes from Qualcomm and Nvidia at Build running the Metro-style Windows 8 Start screen interface.

So what Microsoft is giving to developers this week is a Windows 7 slate running the pre-beta developer preview of Windows 8. It also has sample apps written in 10 weeks over the summer by teams of Microsoft interns and developer tools for creating Metro apps, including the new version of Expression Blend for writing either Silverlight or HTML Metro apps.

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Mary (Twitter, Google+, website) started her career at Future Publishing, saw the AOL meltdown first hand the first time around when she ran the AOL UK computing channel, and she's been a freelance tech writer for over a decade. She's used every version of Windows and Office released, and every smartphone too, but she's still looking for the perfect tablet. Yes, she really does have USB earrings.