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Windows 8: the game changer

Posted on 11 Nov 2011 at 14:28

Microsoft has ripped up Windows and started again - but will such a brave gamble pay off?

Microsoft isn’t a company renowned for its audacity, but nobody could doubt the boldness of what you’re about to witness over the next eight pages.

For the first time in well over 15 years, Microsoft has sidelined the traditional Windows desktop and is attempting to change the face of computing.

Having been criticised for failing to offer a credible tablet OS, Microsoft has responded with an all-in bet on touch technology. The familiar Windows desktop – first introduced in Windows 95 – has been supplanted by a radically different touch-friendly interface that isn’t only the default on tablets, but for laptops and PCs as well.

Will Microsoft’s big gamble pay off? In this feature, we explore how Windows 8 transforms touch and non-touch hardware. We unveil the core new features and explain how they affect the Windows experience on different devices.

It isn’t only a new interface we have to contend with: over the next few pages you’ll find a completely new class of Windows applications, the Windows Store, unprecedented improvements in boot performance, a new-look Windows Explorer and much more.

To wrap up our feature, Jon Honeyball – a man who’s probably witnessed first-hand more Windows launches than any other IT journalist in Britain today – delivers his initial verdict on Windows 8 and the rest of the groundbreaking announcements at Microsoft’s Build conference. It’s a typically forthright opinion that you won’t want to miss.

Windows 8: the game changer

Windows 8 on tablets

Windows 8 on laptops and PCs

Jon Honeyball's verdict

Author: David Bayon, Barry Collins and Jon Honeyball

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User comments

Lateral Thinking Required

Surely it should be feasible to launch large external USB touch pads coincidentally with Win 8?
At least then users could upgrade the OS while keeping existing screens

By incognitii on 12 Nov 2011

_the_week_logitech_wireless_touchpad/ perhaps?

By nichomach0 on 14 Nov 2011

A disaster for novice office users and the next Windows ME/Vista

Windows 8 is going to be an absolute disaster for new novice computer users. Now novices are going to have to learn how to use TWO completely different user interfaces - interfaces that have been badly kludged together all for the sake of Microsoft wanting to use its monopoly position to lever its way into a pointless tablet market - a tablet market that will prove to be an absolute fashion fad as people come to realise that tablets are totally useless devices.

By broccauley on 17 Nov 2011

Windowzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 8

I have been using the developer edition of WIN 8 for a few weeks, I appreciate its still in development and can see the possibilities for smart phones but the new GUI is truly awful on the PC and so clunky.

By stevenproc on 18 Nov 2011

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