Windows 8 has arrived, after a long public gestation period, in which it has been possible to download and work with pre-release versions.
Much of the publicity for Windows 8 has been around the new Metro interface. A key strategy for Microsoft has been to standardise the look and feel across PC, laptop, tablet and mobile phone. The Metro style interface does this, with its large, finger-friendly ‘tile’ based design.
Tiles can contain links to applications, information such as incoming email or SMS messages, tweets or Facebook updates, and links to data. Microsoft has added another feature that may enhance consumer appeal – an app store.