The D-day finally arrived and Microsoft officially showed the world how the final version of it’s latest operating system, Windows 8, looks. The final release build has incorporated some great advancement and significant changes, mainly in its performance when compared to its previous versions, the Developer Preview etc. Kicking off the keenly awaited Windows 8 launch event, Steve Sinofsky, President – Windows Division, Microsoft, reconfirmed the faith that Windows 8 was indeed developed on the foundations of its predecessor, Windows 7 and takes the user experience a notch higher with its brand new ‘Modern UI’.
Windows 8 represents a reimagining of Windows. It provides a personalized experience with a beautiful new user interface that puts you at the center. You get a great experience for entertainment AND creating content all on the same device, either with touch or with a mouse and keyboard.
With more than 1,000 Windows 8 certified devices ready on the market docks for purchase from tomorrow, Microsoft underlines the many choices a user can consider before opting for a PC/tablet just for him/her. A few of them were shown off today at the launch event, including the Asus Vivo Tab RT, Microsoft Surface, Sony VAIO Duo 11 etc.
Gorgeous gorgeous machines – Steve Ballmer
Later on during the launch event, Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer upped the excitement revolving Windows 8, ‘dubbed by many as the start of a new era in the computing world’. It was also revealed that more than 670,000 PCs presently running Windows 8 are waiting to be upgraded to Windows 8 and allow consumers to bask in the all new user experience.
An interesting move by the Windows 8 team was the creation of ‘Mictropolis’ – an immersive and interactive 160-foot “mini” Manhattan where the neighborhoods are represented through Windows 8 touch-enabled PCs and devices. Passerbys can stop over and walk right through the avenues and streets to experience the all-new Windows 8 on devices scattered along the rooftops within the local boundary. Through this, Microsoft intends to imply that Windows 8 can be easily personalized with all the things/stuff that a user has or needs.
Starting 12:01 am from October 26th 2012, users can either upgrade their devices to Windows 8 for $39.99 (U.S.) online at Windows.com or head over to a Microsoft Store/ local retailer and pick up a Windows 8 upgrade including a basic how-to guide too.
Windows 8 is a huge risk for Microsoft indeed. Introducing a fresh new UI; bidding goodbye to the characteristic Start button; having a customized version for tablets (Windows RT) where majority of Windows 7 apps won’t run; in short – redefining the whole user experience by leaps and bounds. Many reviewers have given their thumps up; some have panned it very badly but kudos to Microsoft for thinking different and bravely taking a step ahead for a fresh change.
Microsoft has indeed come down a long way when various versions of Windows, its operating system, are taken in regard but the reaction of general consumers and sale of Windows 8 copies will decide if Microsoft was successful in its motive – Reimagination!