(Image credit: Harry McCracken/Time.com)

 

BY CELIA MURRAY    

ANCHOR JIM FLINK


Microsoft says its new Windows 8 beta software was downloaded more than one million times in the first 24 hours that it was available.


CNET reports the beta — known as the consumer preview — has a traditional Windows core, with a twist.


“But the metro tiled interface means that Microsoft has created the first unified OS for both PCs and tablets. And it’s got the sync to back it up.”

 

Some analysts note — the interface may remind you of that of a certain Microsoft rival.  But according to a Wall Street Pit blogger— taking a leaf out of Apple’s playbook ain’t a bad idea.


“... ‘After the disaster that was Vista,’ Microsoft went back to the drawing board and really tried to create a product that the market would want... many parts of Windows 8 are similar to operating system of Apple Inc. But it’s better to move in the direction of a market leader in innovation than down a completely unknown path.”

A writer for PC World says it’s hard to tell whether Windows 8 will be a hit on traditional PC’s — but that’s not necessarily the market Microsoft is eyeing.


“Expectations are high that Windows 8...will enable tablet manufacturers to mount a serious challenge to Apple's iPad, which Android tablets have so far failed to do.”

The newest version of the OS features integration of touch, keyboard and mouse control; the Windows app store; cloud services that link PCs and Windows Phone; Internet Explorer 10; and new hardware capabilities.


BetaNews went so far as to state that this is one of the most important moments in deciding the future of Microsoft,


“...Windows 8 is the riskiest release ever. Microsoft execs say they are ‘re-imagining’ Windows. Believe them. But it's much more: Reinvention. If successful, Microsoft will be a very different company in five years, and that's as much about the future stock price and company valuation as market position and products...”
 

The beta version is available for download — but the official release date for the full version hasn’t been set.

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Mar 2, 2012

Windows 8 to Prop up Microsoft?

(Image credit: Harry McCracken/Time.com)

 

BY CELIA MURRAY    

ANCHOR JIM FLINK


Microsoft says its new Windows 8 beta software was downloaded more than one million times in the first 24 hours that it was available.


CNET reports the beta — known as the consumer preview — has a traditional Windows core, with a twist.


“But the metro tiled interface means that Microsoft has created the first unified OS for both PCs and tablets. And it’s got the sync to back it up.”

 

Some analysts note — the interface may remind you of that of a certain Microsoft rival.  But according to a Wall Street Pit blogger— taking a leaf out of Apple’s playbook ain’t a bad idea.


“... ‘After the disaster that was Vista,’ Microsoft went back to the drawing board and really tried to create a product that the market would want... many parts of Windows 8 are similar to operating system of Apple Inc. But it’s better to move in the direction of a market leader in innovation than down a completely unknown path.”

A writer for PC World says it’s hard to tell whether Windows 8 will be a hit on traditional PC’s — but that’s not necessarily the market Microsoft is eyeing.


“Expectations are high that Windows 8...will enable tablet manufacturers to mount a serious challenge to Apple's iPad, which Android tablets have so far failed to do.”

The newest version of the OS features integration of touch, keyboard and mouse control; the Windows app store; cloud services that link PCs and Windows Phone; Internet Explorer 10; and new hardware capabilities.


BetaNews went so far as to state that this is one of the most important moments in deciding the future of Microsoft,


“...Windows 8 is the riskiest release ever. Microsoft execs say they are ‘re-imagining’ Windows. Believe them. But it's much more: Reinvention. If successful, Microsoft will be a very different company in five years, and that's as much about the future stock price and company valuation as market position and products...”
 

The beta version is available for download — but the official release date for the full version hasn’t been set.

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