This week, Microsoft introduced for the first time Windows 8 to the world at the Build conference in Anaheim, California.
With new touch screen tablets much like the iPad and other interactive computers to compete with, Windows 8 has numerous new features including a layout designed for the growing touch screen market.
Windows 8 is not lacking in the basics of a PC, but has all of the extras of a tablet.
According to Microsoft, the primary use of the new software should be as a touch screen tablet, but it is still fully formulated to run with a conventional keyboard and mouse as millions around the world are still used to.
The Apple iPad set off the engines at Microsoft. With growing iPad sales and dropping PC sales, Microsoft knew it had to innovate fast or fall behind so much that they might as well switch gears all together.
There is no official release date for the new software, but many are certain that it is going to be released at some point in 2012 as the software is finalized and all of the bugs are figured out and taken care of.
Now there just remains the question, is Microsoft ready to compete with Apple in the world tablets and touch screen computers?