Windows 8, the OS that’s supposed to reverse 15 years of Microsoft’s stalled innovation and put them on level pegging with Apple in the field, is now available for download as a consumer preview version.

At first glance, Windows 8 resembles the current Windows Phone interface. However, unlike its competitors, Microsoft didn’t just port its mobile OS to desktops, which seems to be the case with Apple’s looming Mountain Lion. Instead, Microsoft has reportedly created an interface that syncs up and works across any platform (PC, tablet, smartphone) while still taking into account the different input devices for each (keyboard and mice for PC vs. touchscreen for mobile). Touch, of course, is optimal, so you can swipe in and out of apps seamlessly.

Try it for yourself here (sorry, no go for Mac users just yet). Full version available in the coming months.

[via PCMag]