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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

October 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Windows 8 has launched. Will consumers bite?

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Oct. 26, 2012.]

NEW YORK — The moment Microsoft has been building toward for years has finally arrived: the launch of Windows 8, the radical overhaul of the company’s flagship operating system and its great shining hope for the rapidly expanding mobile market.

Now comes the really hard part: getting people and businesses to buy it.

Windows 8 became available for sale via download, on software discs and on new Windows 8 devices starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Microsoft’s challenge is not only to convince longtime Windows users they should use an operating system with an interface very different from what they’re used to. It’s also to convince those in the market for a mobile device that they should give Windows 8 a go.

[Continue reading the story here.]

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