So Microsoft have offered a video preview into what windows users can expect from the new operating system. Apparently it's new design is heavily influenced by the Windows Phone's which basically means you'll have a new home screen with tiles representing various functions.
Microsoft assure potential future users that this isn't a 'compramise' and that this OS will be equally useful on mobile device's and home PC's. Microsoft have also said that it will be a lot less processor hungry than Windows 7, which i personally thought was a horrendous OS. Hopefully Microsoft can actually up their game with this OS because i still haven't been temped away from XP after using every other newer OS available.
If i'm honest i think that they should stop abandoning poorly developed OS's like Vista and 7 and actually finish updating and working out the kinks before moving on to another, but that's Microsoft for you.
If you want to see what it looks like for yourself there is a video on this website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/microsoft/8551957/Microsoft-previews-Windows-8.html