― Microsoft has shown off early releases of the next version of Windows. ∙ Demonstrations of Windows 8 running on tablets, phones and desktop computers were given at separate conferences in the US and Taiwan. ∙ As expected, the software can be used via either traditional keyboard and mouse or by gestures on a gadget's touchscreen. ∙ No date has been given for the release of Windows 8 but it is expected to be available before October 2012. ∙ The start screen for Windows [...].