The day after Apple announced a peak in iPad sales, and Samsung (indirectly) announced a market share more than double that of Apple iPhones, this morning, Windows 8 was launched. There are two things to highlight.
1. Windows 8 is Easier and Faster
Much fuss is being made on Windows 8 tiles over Windows 7/Vista/XP and the infamously missing start button. It is there. Hover your mouse on the bottom left of your screen. In 3 minutes, you can learn the full interface with this video.
Windows 7 was launched after the SNAFU launch of Vista, but it was still very expensive. Windows 8 is far more inexpensive. Microsoft could be betting that it is worth more to have a consumer buying into an integrated platform across XBOX, Windows Phone 8, Desktop/PC, and tablet.
Windows 8 is as low as $15 for consumers who bought a system in recent months. On Amazon.com, the software is between $68.88 (upgrade) and $99.99 (non-upgrade):
Are you getting Windows 8?
Update: The online-only upgrade is $39.99 in the U.S. Windows 8 also runs on very old systems (single-core machines). When Windows 7 was released, it would not even install. Another user commented that the download is EUR 29.