From Doug Hornig, Senior Editor, Casey Research:
Recent days have seen a blizzard of Microsoft-related activity, as a host of new products has blanketed the marketplace.
First and foremost: the release of Windows 8, the most radical change in MS's flagship operating system in 17 years. The Redmond behemoth wants you to switch over, and fast. If you don't want to swap your old computer for one with the new OS pre-installed, the company has put an attractive $39.99 price out there for an in-place, downloadable upgrade (or $69.99 if you want a disc mailed).
The big news is, of course, that Windows 8 was designed to be compatible across all devices, from laptops and desktops to tablets to phones. It's touchscreen ready. It fits neatly into the new trend to junk single-platform OSes and to replace them with computing "ecosystems," and is designed to cater to the modern consumer's desire for an interconnected series of machines that mostly run tightly packaged "apps" in the sandbox style that Apple has made so famous on its iFamily of devices.
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