30 Dec '11, 6pm

Windows 8: A Redo From Redmond

Windows 8: A Redo From Redmond

The first time Micro­soft was caught off guard, Bill Gates managed to turn things around by sending the entire company his fa­mous e-mail, "The In­ternet Tidal Wave ." The current ­challenge—the drift away from PCs in favor of mobile devices—may well be greater. The move began in 2007, with the introduction of Apple's iPhone, and it was kicked into high gear with the advent of the iPad in 2010 and an Android equiva­lent in 2011. Suddenly, Microsoft's business was based on yesterday's platforms. "Their products are fine on notebooks. But on phones and tablets, they're in bad shape," says Michael Silver, an analyst at Gartner , a technology research firm. Yesterday's platforms are coming to be represented by an ever-narrowing slice of the computing pie. Last year people bought twice as many smartphones as notebooks, and tablets are also set to exceed notebooks by 2016, accor...

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