Launch of Windows 8 and the Surface Tablet – is this a new chapter for Microsoft?
Although this could mark one of the greatest moments in Microsoft history, it appears that the launch of Windows 8 has been somewhat overshadowed by the recent unveiling of the Apple iPad Mini. However, we should not think that the huge announcement from Microsoft won’t have injected a little worry into the team at Apple.
The multi-layered news from Microsoft includes the formal release of their very own hardware; the Surface tablet. For once, the Windows maker appears to be closing the gap with Apple and becoming a serious rival in the tablet market.
Microsoft’s Surface computer is the first PC the company has ever made itself, and it is designed to provide the best platform available for the controversial new Windows 8 operating system. It features an extraordinary, slim keyboard that also makes it the first device to genuinely, completely blur the line between a tablet and a laptop. And because it runs Windows, it ought to offer all the capabilities that users are accustomed to on fully fledged computers. (The Telegraph)
Therefore, the resulting software is designed, to work on both conventional desktop computers, tablets, laptops and mobile phones too.
So, what changes will we experience with the new operating system?
One of the primary focuses for Windows 8 is to improve its user experience on mobile devices, therefore positioning it as a major rival to other mobile operating systems.
It takes full advantage of new emerging technologies such as Cloud computing and the latest security features including malware filtering and built-in antivirus software.
However, one of the biggest developments you will witness is the touch screen capability. Users will have the ability to synchronise programs and settings between multiple devices, all through the use of the touch screen. A new interface will be introduced, featuring a new start screen, a new app platform and Windows store where users can obtain and purchase applications for the system.
A preview of how you can use Windows 8 has been unveiled by Microsoft and is certainly worth a watch: Windows 8 Preview
The new operating and hardware system are without doubt an intriguing reinvention for Microsoft, and we will be waiting with baited breath to see how the reviews start flowing in following the launch at midnight tonight.