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Microsoft Windows 8: What's Changing?

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  • Windows 8 Interface
    A snapshot of Windows 8
By Simon Saavedra, Christian Post Correspondent
June 5, 2011|6:55 pm

With the PC market quickly shifting from desktops to tablets, Microsoft's decision to move past its original Windows user interface and switch to a tile-centered interface tailored for tablet PCs is a logical direction for its new operating system Windows 8.

Despite this tablet centered move, the tech-giant announced this week that this new OS, with a launch date yet to be released (2012 probably), is designed to operate well on any PC whether it be a desktop, laptop or tablet and that it would also have the option to revert back to the classic interface if it were to be preferred.

Doubts whether this new tablet-centered OS would favor apps and compromise the performance of Microsoft's ubiquitous flagship programs such as Excel and Word were dispelled when Microsoft confidently assured of the operating system's capabilities.

Sarah Rotman Epps, a Forrester consumer product analyst, commented on Windows 8's new features by saying, "It has the markers of a post-PC product: Windows on ARM will enable more ubiquitous and casual computing experiences; touch-first will make Windows more intimate and physical.”

With the launch of future Windows 8 supporting tablets, Microsoft plans to gain in on the tablet market currently dominated by Apple with at least 70 percent market share.

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