Ready For Liftoff: What You Missed At Microsoft's Windows 8 Launch Event


Windows 8 And Windows RT At Long Last

After several years of development and months of hype and expectation, Microsoft finally launched its long-awaited Windows 8, the next generation of the company's flagship desktop -- and now tablet -- computer operating system.

Microsoft announced the availability of Windows and Windows RT, the version of Windows developed for ARM-based tablet computers, at an event in Manhattan last week. Microsoft also announced the availability of Surface for Windows RT, the tablet computer that marks Microsoft's first attempt at selling a Microsoft-branded computer.

Here's a look at what you missed.