What we know about the next OS coming from Microsoft is that Windows is slowly making the transition to be both a desktop OS and an OS that would fit onto a tablet-type PC and make sense. The rumor with Windows 8 is that there will be multiple interfaces that will adjust to the device it is running on.
In what appears to be the first of many unveils for the Windows 8 beta (and hopefully not an April fools prank), Microsoft-guru, Paul Thurrott posted on his website, Winsupersite.com, the welcome screen for the upcoming Windows 8 beta.
What is immediately evident, as Paul notes on his website, is that the screen bares a resemblance to the lockscreen found currently on Windows Phone devices (See image below). It’s not apparent what options will be customizable on the welcome screen, but I would imagine that we’ll see email and social notifications, similar to what we currently have on Windows Phones.
To read his entire post on the welcome screen, visit the Supersite here.