Windows 8 will be the operating system running on the Surface, Microsoft's upcoming tablet. Unlike Apple's iPad, which runs on the iOS mobile operating system, Microsoft's OS will provide a full desktop experience on the tablet.
Microsoft is on a tear lately with its announcements surrounding its mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8 (WP8), and its new OS Windows 8. The company recently showed off Surface, a tablet that will run on two versions of Windows 8 -- Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro -- and could very well become the most worrisome competitor to Apple's iPad the slate space has seen so far. On the WP8 side, Microsoft blew away developers and enterprise users with a host of improvements to its platform that are designed to give Apple's iOS a fair run. Its inclusion of the Windows RT kernel -- which will make remote device management a possibility in the Windows Phone ecosystem -- the new WP8 OS looks to be a nice addition to the enterprise mobile space. Here are 10 things you need to know about Windows 8 and its mobile cousin, WP8.
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