Microsoft seems to have entered the Windows 8 era on a highly promising note, as comments from its chief executive Steve Ballmer indicate. During Monday's launch of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft's new mobile phone OS, Ballmer noted that initial demand for Windows 8 was exceeding the levels recorded for its predecessor, Windows 7, Techworld reported.
According to Ballmer, the release of the new desktop OS met with an enthusiastic response and demand in its first days on the market has been strong. Windows 8 made its debut in stores last Friday (26 October) and Ballmer said it was "gratifying" to have the new OS greeted with such excitement by US retailers and hardware manufacturers.
When Windows 8 landed in stores last week, people queued outside Microsoft's US outlets, although many admitted to being drawn there by the Surface. This is the name Microsoft has bestowed on its own tablet, which started selling on the same day.
Buyers can get their copy of Windows 8 either in stores or by downloading it online. Microsoft has repeatedly described the new OS as one of the most important products in its history. It is the first desktop OS to incorporate touch capabilities, arriving to meet tremendous demand for touch on all-in-one computers and laptops, according to Ballmer.
The Windows 8 desktop has been redesigned around tiles - rectangular boxes acting as links to apps, services and personal information. The same tiles feature on Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft hopes that users will quickly become familiar with the interface and enjoy a seamless, highly personalised experience.
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