Introducing Windows 8

When Microsoft first began talking about “the next version of Windows” in January 2011, they used words like “bold” and “risky” to describe both it and the venture that the company was undertaking. Microsoft was already some years behind the competition in the ever-expanding consumer tablet market, and they needed desperately to catch up.

At the Windows BUILD developers’ conference that September, it was actually no surprise to discover Microsoft’s entirely new tablet-centric interface based on their highly praised Windows Phone user interface. What did come as a surprise, however, was the beginning of a move toward ...

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