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Windows 8 Reportedly Shipping To PC Vendors

March 30, 2011 by Sammi Comments Off on Windows 8 Reportedly Shipping To PC Vendors divider image

Microsoft has reportedly begun to ship Windows 8, currently under build 7971.0.110324-1900 to some of their OEM partners, according to WinRumors. Citing an anonymous source, these equipment manufacturers are receiving their edition of the Windows 8 through the company’s external testing system.

Windows 7 hit the shelves back in 2009, just two years after the highly criticized Windows Vista had been released for home use. Having been faced with significantly less criticism than its predecessor, Windows 7 became the fastest selling operating system in the world. Perhaps predicated off of the failure of the Vista platform, Windows 7 had been labeled a “worthy successor” to Windows XP and light years beyond Windows Vista.

Due to the success of Windows 7, it has been debated whether or not such rapid release of Windows 8 would be necessary. Some leaks of the Windows 8 operating system suggest that the interface could be fully 3D. A tile based user interface, significantly faster speeds, and different functions of hibernation and sleep have also been detailed by WinRumors.

One thing that has been confirmed, however, was that the Windows 8 operating system could function in conjunction with the ARM architecture that is generally built into tablet computers. At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, an early build of Windows 8 working with ARM support. Microsoft has been said to be working with various partners in order to produce new tablet computers, which could combat the iPad in terms of popularity.

Currently, Windows controls between 85- and 90 percent of the PC market share by operating system, and Windows 7 has helped the company maintain a loyal following by PC users, despite the powerful marketing machine that is Apple. Should Windows 8 significantly improve on its predecessor, it is unlikely that Apple will ever overtake the Windows OS.

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