It's finally official: The newest Windows operating system, Windows 8, is now available, and Microsoft is ready to crow about it.
Microsoft kicked off the launch with a live webcast by CEO Steve Balmer in Seattle, Washington, eagerly extolling the virtues of the new operating system to a crowd of tech journalists.
"Windows 8 will help you do everything, and it will make it fun to do nothing," Balmer told the crowd.
And if it lives up to the promise, Microsoft may have found that perfect balance between being able to work hard and play hard.
That is, if everyone can figure out how it works.
During today's launch, Balmer detailed some of the key software additions and improvements to the new operating system. There's the integrated Bing search built into Windows 8, along with the Bing Apps designed to consolidate the best News, Finance, Weather, Sports and other specialized content from around the web. There's anRead More »from Windows 8 launches with a bang, but will users get it?