12:59 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
Windows 8 is the most radical overhaul of the Windows operating system yet. It's built to work well on both touch screens and good old fashioned monitors.
The program is a fresh look for Windows with a touch friendly interface.
Microsoft is banking on the fact that you’re probably spending more time surfing the web, listening to music and using simple apps rather than crunching numbers in a complex spreadsheet. Although, you still have that option with the traditional destop hidden.
But on the tablet side of things, Microsoft’s new Surface has a cover that doubles as a keyboard making it useful for work. But, laptops like the Acer Aspire S7 blur the line with a touch screen and slick design.
One thing to note is that there are two major versions of the new operating system--Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT.
Think of Windows 8 RT as Windows "light." The RT version might not be able to run all of your favorite desktop programs where as Windows 8 includes the full features.
Windows 8 is a great update in the Windows line and we're likely to see new computer models coming out to take advantage of all the new features.
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