Windows 8: Will change be good for Microsoft?

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller does a side-by-side comparison of the new iPad versus the leading Android tablet on October 23, 2012 in San Jose, California.

It's a big week for tech releases. Yesterday, Apple unveiled its new iPad Mini. And on Friday, Microsoft will realease its new Windows 8 operating system.

Centered around a "tiled" interface and touchscreen functionality, Windows 8 will look and feel very different from previous versions. Though, Many industry watchers wonder if change is a good thing for Microsoft.

Historically, business users have been a key segment for Microsoft. Yet, the company has not always been able to count on businesses to quickly take up a new system due to the cost of upgrading. Such was the case with Microsoft's Windows XP and its successor Vista. At least one business is already signing on to the new system -- Microsoft itself. CEO Steve Ballmer says all 94,000 company employees will switch over to Windows 8.

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