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Microsoft Windows 8 is Finally Here!

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Microsoft finally introduced its latest operating system, the Windows 8, last Thursday. The company showcased the OS’ touchable and intuitive system on a bevy of desktops, laptops, and tablets from its OEM partners.

No Surprises

Although company executives pointed out the differences between Windows 8 and Windows RT, the event didn’t reveal any surprises or high-profile announcements. The only thing they tell to reassure people is that “more to come.”

Simply put, Microsoft only used the event to demonstrate its latest OS. In relation to this, the company shows support for its hardware partners and their devices. The manufacturers run a wide array of hardware from desktops and laptops to tablets and hybrid devices.

On the other hand, Microsoft got the loudest round of applause after Steven Sinofsky, the company’s president for Windows and Windows Live Division, informed the audience that the Windows 8 could bring faster boot up time for PCs.

Microsoft Surface with Windows RT

Aside from Windows 8, Microsoft exec Michael Angiulo included the Surface RT tablet in the lineup. According to him, the device makes a great addition to the gamut of PCs that their partners have manufactured.

However, the exec could be assuaging fears that the tablet would steal the spotlight from its partners. The distinction between Windows 8 and Windows RT is also important in order to give clarification to the consumers. Angiulo used the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet and ACER Aspire S7-191 to show off the touch capabilities of the latest OS. Microsoft only presented how easy it is to navigate apps on the newest device using either a touchscreen or a trackpad. However, no new app announcements were made.

The Surface RT is now on sale at the Microsoft Store in Times Square.

Online Windows Store

Aside from the Windows 8 and Surface RT, Microsoft also announced that the online Microsoft Store is now open. However, it lacks big-name applications such as YouTube and Twitter. In addition, it was reported that no Windows 8 app is available for purchase yet. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated during the event:

Some might rush to count apps or look for their favorite apps to arrive in store. Our app store has more apps than any competing app store had in its grand opening.

Apparently, the CEO is alluding the press coverage of their eventual app center for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

Apple’s App Store has around 500 applications when it debuted in July 2008, while the Google Play (then Android Market) has 2,300 apps a couple of months after it was launched in October 2008. The Microsoft Store, on the other hand, has almost 8,000 apps available worldwide as of Tuesday.

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