Even when it was launched, Windows 8 was seen as a gamble — but one that Microsoft had to make.
The stunning, out-of-nowhere success of tablets was making the PC look stodgy and out-of-date, so Microsoft had to show that Windows could still be relevant beyond its traditional desktop home. The company's response was Windows 8, with its colourful tiled interface and theof computing — a bet-the-company move, according to then-CEO Steve Ballmer.
To reinforce the shift, Microsoft even developed its own new PC-tablet hybrid,, to show off the potential of the new operating system.
- December 05