PC, tablet, smartphone: Microsoft equips all employees with Windows 8 devices


But that's not all: In addition, each of the more than 90, 000 employees will receive a smartphone with Windows Phone 8 and a Microsoft tablet "Surface RT" announced company boss Steve Ballmer in an internal mail to all employees. There is no doubt that Microsoft is at the beginning of one of its biggest moments. For the company, a new era is breaking out - "an era with incredible possibilities, " Ballmer wrote. "I want everyone of you personally to experience these amazing devices."

With Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 Microsoft makes a big break. For the first time, the operating systems for smartphones, tablets and PCs - here, employees have the choice of desktop, laptop, ultrabook or tablet - on a common platform. The company wants to offer a uniform user experience across all device classes. The new surface design with interactive tiles is especially optimized for operation via touch displays.

The new Windows 8 is available since the summer in the beta version, official start should be the end of October. The first smartphones with the mobile operating system Windows Phone 8 have recently announced Samsung and Nokia. Above all, Nokia is relying on the new operating system and wants to prevail with the high-end device "Lumia 920" against competitors such as Apple and Samsung. Although Microsoft had slightly increased its market share with Windows Phone 7, according to market researcher Gartner, it still lagged behind Apple and Google with a share of 2.7 percent. (Dpa / tc)