Ever since Windows 8 was teased earlier this year, questions have skittered across the blogosphere about what sorts of features will be included in Microsoft’s newest OS offering. After almost a year, the wait is finally over! Released on October 26th, Windows 8 is here, and with its sleek visual architecture and wide range of new features, it’s sure to make a splash in the mobile world of modern business.
Designed for the ever-changing needs of today’s mobile device consumers, Windows 8 builds on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7 to bring an OS whose beautiful, fast and fluid design is perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch-enabled tablets and lightweight laptops, to the PCs you use every day to power your business. The look may be different, but the characteristic Windows functionality has only gotten better. And the classic desktop you’ve come to rely on has been reimagined as an application you can fire up and navigate just like in Windows 7, while the new “mosaic” design of the Start screen makes navigating your tablet or PC as intuitive and easy as checking your email.
Apps new and old are at the heart of the new Windows 8 design. Anything you were able to run on Windows 7 or Vista, you can just as easily run on Windows 8. But with instant cloud connection through your Microsoft account, and the easy-to-use Microsoft Store, Windows 8 connects you to all the people, files, photos, and services you love most. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter are all at your fingertips, and the Microsoft Store’s “try it before you but it” policy takes the guess-work out of choosing the right apps.
To complement the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft has jumped back into the hardware game with the launch of its clever, new Surface tablet. Taking a direct shot at Apple’s stranglehold on the tablet market, Surface combines the ease and intuitiveness of touchscreen technology with the everyday business power of Windows. Whether you’re working hard or hardly working, Surface’s integrated Kickstand and revolutionary Touch Cover let you work, play, and connect with others like never before. And the full-size USB port and Bluetooth 4.0 provide clutter-free connections with wireless mice and headsets, so you can finally use your tablet for business as well as play.
Combining the mobility of a tablet with the functionality of a laptop, the built-in Kickstand and Touch Cover allow you to use Surface the way you want to use it, when and where you want. The integrated Kickstand provides uncompromised support and flexibility. Flip out the Kickstand for hands-free entertainment, or fold out the Touch Cover, a cover you can type on, to turn your tablet into a lightweight laptop. Touch Cover clicks in to Surface in an instant, and offers a sleek, spill-resistant exterior for working—no matter where you find yourself. When folded back, Touch Cover automatically disables keystrokes for a full touchscreen experience; when closed, it turns off your display. And you can even give Surface your personal touch with a color that matches your style.
With Windows 8 and the new Surface tablet, Microsoft reimagines the world of computing as a place where business and personal needs can be met by one device and one operating system. Now, your business can go with you anywhere, anytime.