Windows 8 goes live, marking a 'new era' for Microsoft(Read article summary)
Windows 8 officially launched today at a press event in New York. So is the new Microsoft OS any good?
Beginning today, Windows 8 will be available on a range of devices, including desktops, laptops, andÂ Surface tablet computers.Â
In a separate address, Steven Sinofsky, who heads the Windows team at Microsoft, announced that Windows 8 had undergone approximately 1.24 billion hours of public testing in 190 countries. (Horizons readers will remember that Windows 8 launched in "consumer preview" mode way back in February.)Â "No product anywhere receives this kind of testing anywhere in the world," Sinofsky said.Â
Writing at the Guardian, Charles Arthur says Microsoft really couldn't have done anything else: "The desktop paradigm is getting tired, and the tiles approach is fresh and quickly becomes intuitive."Â
And here's Tom Warren of the Verge, who awarded Windows 8 extremely high marks across the board:Â
Windows 8 is a beautiful operating system and one that feels incredibly personal once itâ€™s customized. Microsoft has a huge fight on its hands now to ensure developers create beautiful apps. Some of the best Android and iOS apps are created by organizations or individuals who have showed little interest in Microsoft. If the software maker can change peopleâ€™s perceptions of Windows, from viruses to bluescreens, into one of speed and style then the apps will flow and Microsoft has a hit on its hands.Â
And the consensus there may sound familiar: The Surface is a solid, beautiful device, critics say. If only it had more apps!
"If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps," one reviewer wrote.Â
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