The release of Microsoft’s Windows 8 inaugurated a new era for the software giant in terms of integrating its vaunted, desktop-dominant Windows operating system with the myriad of new electronic devices that are on the market today, including: smartphones, tablets, hybrid tablet/laptops, and even television sets. While the new interface of Windows 8 is a marked departure from the past, it is revolutionary in that it is the first operating system to systematically attempt to integrate these very different devices (and experiences) into a coherent presentation.

[The Economist]