Microsoft Windows 8

Windows 8 is the official codename for Microsoft’s next generation operating system and successor to the company’s Windows 7 OS. Currently available for download in a final “preview release” that went live on May 31st, 2012, Windows 8 is expected to be launched in late 2012 under a different moniker, as Microsoft wants to emphasize to consumers and businesses that the new OS is more of a revolutionary upgrade from Windows 7 rather than simply an evolutionary release.

Windows 8 has been gaining considerable attention while in development for its “Metro” user interface, which is a significant departure from the traditional desktop interface featured in previous Windows releases. Microsoft is seeking to implement the Metro interface across a large variety of devices, including mobile smartphones, tablet computers, laptops and desktop PCs, although it remains to be seen how the predominantly touch-based interface will be received by desktop PC customers used to a more traditional mouse-and-keyboard-based interface.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

Top Articles

The Complete List of 1500+ Common Text Abbreviations & Acronyms

Text Abbreviations reviewed by Web Webster   From A3 to ZZZ we list 1,559 SMS, online chat, and text abbreviations to help you translate and understand...

Windows Operating System History & Versions

The Windows operating system (Windows OS) refers to a family of operating systems developed by Microsoft Corporation. We look at the history of Windows...

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

Website Shortcut on Your Desktop reviewed by Web Webster   This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a website shortcut on your desktop using...

Generations of Computers (1st to 5th)

Reviewed by Web Webster Learn about each of the 5 generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the computing devices that...

Monday.com

Monday.com is a cloud-based work operating system that can be used for a...

Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol...

The secure socket tunneling protocol (SSTP) is a VPN protocol where...

Telecommunication

Telecommunication refers to telephony and cellular network technology. However, the broader definition includes...