Whenever Microsoft releases a new operating system, it is a significant event. And the latest edition of its operating system, Windows 8 - designed to work on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones - is much more than a PC operating system.

By tightly integrating PCs, tablets and smartphones with SkyDrive cloud storage, Microsoft Office 365 (cloud-hosted Office apps, including Exchange Server) and other Microsoft properties, Microsoft now offers a business-class alternative to similar Apple and Google properties.

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