The long-awaited operating system is now finally available around the world.
The user testing phase for Windows 8, which launches worldwide today, took an accumulative of 1.2 billion hours.
Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky stressed during yesterday's Windows 8 launch event that "This is the best release of Windows ever," as well as the fact that it took 1.24 billion hours of pre-release testing across 190 countries.
When discussing Microsoft's Surface tablet-PC hybrid, as well as Windows 8's touch interface, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said, "Windows 8 shatters perceptions of what a PC is." Microsoft also spoke about its confidence that Windows 7's success in business will be matched by its successor. So far, the software giant has sold 670 million Window 7 licenses to business and consumers, Sinofksy confirmed. "More than half of enterprises use Windows 7."
In order to get Windows 8 off to a good start in the business division, Sinofsky said that 1,000 new PCs have been certified to work with the operating system.
Sinofsky went on to discuss the new Windows Store, which he says has more apps than any competing app store upon its launch. That said, Microsoft offers less than 10,000 apps, while Google and Apple deliver more than 700,000 apps for their own platforms. "Developers are working fast and furiously to stock the shelves of the new Windows Store," Ballmer said. "In the case of Windows 8, seeing, touching, clicking and swiping is really believing."