+-
The (Credit: Bloomberg )

The "Start" icon is displayed on a Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computer during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Microsoft Windows 8 launch

Microsoft launched a radical redesign of its world-dominating Windows operating system on Oct. 25, 2012, introducing a touch-enabled interface that attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and mobile devices.

The
(Credit: Bloomberg )

The "Start" icon is displayed on a Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computer during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

An attendee walks over a chalk rendering a
(Credit: Bloomberg)

An attendee walks over a chalk rendering a Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computer during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Panos Panay, general manager of Surface at Microsoft
(Credit: Bloomberg )

Panos Panay, general manager of Surface at Microsoft Corp., speaks during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. Surface
(Credit: Bloomberg)

Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computers during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Panos Panay, general manager of Surface at Microsoft
(Credit: Bloomberg)

Panos Panay, general manager of Surface at Microsoft Corp., speaks during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows group at
(Credit: Bloomberg )

Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows group at Microsoft Corp., speaks during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Employees pass the Microsoft Corp. Windows 8 logo
(Credit: Bloomberg )

Employees pass the Microsoft Corp. Windows 8 logo during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications.(Oct. 25, 2012)

Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. Surface
(Credit: Bloomberg )

Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. Surface tablet computers during an event in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Microsoft Corp. will be constrained in a contest against Apple Inc. in the market for handheld computers by unveiling a tablet that doesn't work with some of the most widely used downloadable applications. (Oct. 25, 2012)

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISE HERE
Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. (Oct.
(Credit: Bloomberg News)

Members of the media test Microsoft Corp. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Panos Panay, the general manager of the Microsoft
(Credit: Getty Images)

Panos Panay, the general manager of the Microsoft Surface holds up a Surface tablet during a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8 and the tablet in New York October 25, 2012. Microsoft took a big step into mobile Thursday, unveiling a revamped version of its flagship Windows system and a offering a closer look at Surface, its entry into the hot tablet market. The new Windows 8 operating system and tablet to go on sale Friday mark a new offensive for the US tech giant seeking to keep pace with Apple and Google amid a dramatic shift away from PCs to mobile devices. (Oct. 25, 2012)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during a press
(Credit: Getty Images)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks during a press conference at Pier 57 to officially launch Windows 8 in New York October 25, 2012. Microsoft said Thursday its "reimagined" Windows 8 will launch Friday in 37 languages and 140 worldwide markets, as the tech giant unveiled the new version of its computer operating system. (Oct. 25,, 2012)

Get the Biz Briefing newsletter!

The latest LI business news in your inbox daily.

Comments

Newsday.com now uses Facebook for our comment boards. Please read our guidelines and connect your Facebook account to comment.