Microsoft has officially launched the latest version of its flagship operating system, Windows 8, which is designed to work across PCs, tablets as well as smartphones. This is a departure from Windows 7 in many ways, the most significant being that it can be controlled using touch. The new OS has a new start screen which is tile based and is very colorful. The tile showcases users’ content which is updated in real time.
This is a big moment for retailers who have been waiting for the Windows 8 launch to start selling their new devices. Microsoft has partnered with 14 manufacturers, including Dell, Lenovo, HP, HCL, Acer, Asus, who are unleashing 1000 certified pieces of Windows 8 hardware that will go on sale at midnight.
If you’re wondering how much it will cost you to make the switch anyone running a copy of Windows from the last decade can upgrade for $40, making this potentially the cheapest Windows ever.