Microsoft Releases Windows 8
On October 26, 2012, Microsoft released their new operating system, Windows 8. Windows 8 is the next version of Windows after Windows 7. Windows 8 boasts a completely redesigned user interface.
Microsoft included some new features with Windows 8. First of all, the new user interface or "start screen" which looks like something you would find on a tablet has rearrangable "tiles". Several of the tiles can also display information such as weather or E-Mails. A new "Windows Store" which is aimed at being a competitor of other stores like Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store. The file explorer windows all now have the ribbon interface like in Microsoft Offce 2007 onward, and other Windows programs such as Paint and Wordpad in Windows 7. Some more minor features are better USB 3.0 support, better multi-monitor support, a redesigned login screen, and more. Of course, the old Windows Desktop is still available for older applications that haven't been ported to Windows 8 yet to take advantage of the new user interface.
Windows 8's desktop, also showing the new ribbon interface in Windows Explorer.
Windows 8 comes in four editions; Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows 8 RT. Windows 8 RT is a version of Windows 8 specifically aimed at the tablet market to run on ARM processors. This includes Microsoft's own tablet, the Microsoft Surface.
The Microsoft Surface running Windows RT.
For more information such as pricing about Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system, visit http://www.windows.com/.