The First Feel of Windows 8

Microsoft gave its users the first taste of its latest and most important operating system yet; Windows 8. Users logged on to the Microsoft website to download and get a first look-see on Wednesday. As usual, the feedback till now has been pretty skewed, some loving it without bounds and other hating it. There’s not much to read into the feedback for the teaser, it is just as case of building up euphoria and momentum towards the final release.

The occasion for the release was the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain. Microsoft thoughtfully released it during an event that is primarily a platform for Mobile phones and Tablets. The biggest challenge for Windows is going to be its performance on Phones and Tablets. This is the first time in the company’s history an all-gadget OS has made it to the market. The move comes close on the heels of Apple eating into Microsoft’s consumer base with their operating system designed to work on Mac Desktop’s, notebooks, i-Phones and i-pads. The advent of Android has also adversely affected Microsoft’s positioning as a major mobile computing manufacturer.

For all people wondering what Windows 8 can bring new from the accustomed Windows 7, here are few changes to look forward to. The biggest change from any OS offering from Microsoft before is the fluid interface that is expected to be extremely smooth to go with its touch compatibility. The new OS is also going to give users cloud storage to manage content across various devices. It also promises to build a exclusive market for small applications to complete with Apple’s huge database and Google’s Android Marketplace.

Microsoft today stands at crossroads, where it can continue its decade long monopoly of the software market or to concede that the dwindling fortunes of the company is not an aberration and there is indeed a slide. The full version of the OS is going to be available around fall, which we are all looking forward to. Windows 7, Microsoft’s last offering sold a whopping 525 million copies in three years. Considering Windows 8’s wide-usability, the company will be banking on it to do even better than its predecessor.

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