Microsoft Windows 8 beta released

2012-02-29 20:04

Barcelona - Microsoft is for the first time letting consumers try out its upcoming Windows 8 operating system, which it hopes will be used to power a new wave of computer tablets and traditional PCs.

The test "beta" version of the revamped system was introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the planet's largest cell phone trade show.

Microsoft on Wednesday offered it up free for download, along with free applications in a new "Windows Store".

Windows 8 doesn't have the traditional "Start" menu and applications are spread across a mosaic of tiles in a design Microsoft calls "Metro".

The tiles, which resemble road signs, can be navigated with a finger swipe on the screen or with a keyboard and mouse.

  • Rudi - 2012-02-29 21:03

    Microsoft is Scared stiff of android.

      christo.cilliers - 2012-03-01 06:51

      imagine microsoft and android joining forces... will they change their name to microid? hahahaahha or how about Ansoft?

  • thomas.robbertse - 2012-02-29 21:17

    It's about time.... Now I can get rid if this simple iPad which makes a mess of my msdoc's and othe applications.

  • Gert - 2012-02-29 21:17

    Microsoft and Nokia might just level the competition. As much as I like Apple's gadgets I don't think Samsung and Google has what it takes to make high-end smartphones and tablets more accessible. If Windows-powered Nokia devices can work in tandem with tablets and PC's running Windows then Apple and Samsung/Android's market grip will loosen somewhat.

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