“Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview was made available to download yesterday, giving everyone a chance to experience the company’s most revolutionary change in user interface since Windows 95,” Vlad Savov reports for The Verge.

“While the Consumer Preview software remains at the beta stage, its central concepts have now been fleshed out, so we thought this would be a fitting time to compare them against Apple’s iPad, the incumbent leader in the tablet space [in which] Microsoft is seeking to become a player,” Savov reports. “iOS 5 and Windows 8 share a few similarities, but the user experience is fundamentally different and informed by different interaction metaphors.”

Savov reports, “You can see those detailed in the video below, and if you care to learn more about what else has changed under the Windows hood with version 8, feel free to peruse our comprehensive preview of the Consumer Preview.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Familiarity breeds contempt – and, it seems, bias. We’ll wait to compare the shipping Windows 8 on shipping hardware versus what it will attempt to compete against: iOS 6 on the next-gen iPad.