Enterprise Applications: Microsoft Windows 8 Beta Unwrapped at MWC

By Nathan Eddy  |  Posted 2012-02-29 Print this article Print
Running on Windows 8

Running on Windows 8

The presentation included touch-screen notebooks and tablets, desktop PCs and an enormous 82-inch wall-mounted touch-screen display made with Corning Gorilla Glass.
BARCELONA, Spain - Microsoft unveiled its Windows 8 consumer preview-really just a fancy term for beta-at the 2012 Mobile World Congress during a two-hour presentation here. Microsoft Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky, corporate vice president for Windows program management Julie Larson-Green, and vice president of Windows Web services Antoine Leblond, demonstrated a host of features and applications on devices, ranging from desktop PCs to tablets and next-generation Ultrabooks. Sinofsky deemed Windows 8 a generational change in design, capabilities and functionality. Sinofsky also touted the implementations Microsoft engineers made to scale Windows 8 across devices of all sizes, noting there have been 100,000 code changes since the developer preview of the operating system first surfaced in 2011. Much attention was paid to scalability and ease of use for users ranging from home PC enthusiasts to multi-screen professionals working in processor-intensive industries. "It is very important to maintain the hallmark of PC ecosystem-choice," said Sinofsky. "Our goal with Windows 8 is to deliver PCs without compromise."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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