Microsoft offers peek at new Windows, tablet
SHANGHAI (AFP) - US computing giant Microsoft on Tuesday gave an early peek to the key Chinese market of its new tablet computer and Windows 8 software, promising a "fast and fluid" operating system.
Microsoft will launch Windows 8 and the Surface tablet computer, designed to compete with Apple's popular iPad, in the United States on Friday. The launch of the two products in China is the same day.
Windows remains the dominant platform for personal computers, but it has lost ground to Apple and Google in newer devices which use rival operating systems.
"With Windows 8, we introduced this fast and fluid experience that works across a broad range of different types of PCs (personal computers)," said Mr Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division.