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Microsoft launches Windows 8

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Microsoft has announced Windows 8, the most remarkable change in Microsoft operating system in over a decade. Windows 8 features a more modern UI and brings a unified design across the Windows platform PC, tablet, and mobile phone. With the launch consumers can now upgrade their existing Windows devices or buy any of the over 1000 Windows 8 certified PCs.

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Windows 8 is a touch centric operating system bringing the Windows platform in line with latest development in computing. So, expects to see PCs with touchcreen in computer stores near you soon. Although built for touchscreen, Windows 8 can also be navigated with mouse gestures using the good old mouse and even keyboard shortcuts.


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Windows 8 will run on both PCs and mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. It is available in Windows Basic, Windows Pro, and Windows Enterprise for PCs and x86-based devices and Windows RT for Arm based mobile devices.

Windows 8, removes the start button and the desktop is now in the background and accessible through mouse or touch gestures. It features a new UI with a Homescreen made-up of dynamic tiles for your apps. The tiles are live so you can see the latest weather update from your weather app or latest updates from your friends on your social app without having to open the app.

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Windows 8 apps can be downloaded for free or for a fee at the Windows Store, which according to Microsoft is available in 231 markets.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Microsoft launches Windows 8 was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: May 23rd, 2016

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