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com­put­ing. Kancherla ad­mits the new de­sign will present a learn­ing curve for older users, but ‘‘ within three days of us­ing it you’ll be pro­fi­cient’’.

But Ovum chief tele­coms an­a­lyst Jan Daw­son says the dis­ap­pear­ance of Win­dows’ main­stays, in­clud­ing the Start but­ton and close boxes, could re­quire more ef­fort from users than Mi­crosoft es­ti­mates.

‘‘ There are other things to adapt to also, like how do you switch from one pro­gram to an­other?’’ he says.

‘‘ There are stan­dard short­cuts that will no longer work and the new ones are not ob­vi­ous.

‘‘ There will be a big learn­ing curve and thatmay turn off some users.’’

Re­gard­less, Daw­son says Mi­crosoft’s new oper­at­ing sys­tem should ap­peal to new users and those more ac­cus­tomed to us­ing tablets, and the rest of the com­put­ing pop­u­la­tion may sim­ply wait to read re­views of the fi­nal prod­ucts.

‘‘ It’s go­ing to be a fresh ver­sion of Win­dows and they al­ways sell pretty well,’’ he says.

‘‘ It will just be a case of whether it over­takes Win­dows 7 rapidly or not.’’ AP­PLE MOUN­TAIN­LION [Due] This month [Price] $20.99 up­grade [New fea­tures] Dic­ta­tion: Any text box will fea­ture a mi­cro­phone icon users can se­lect to dic­tate mes­sages. iMes­sage: Ap­ple’s text mes­sag­ing re­place­ment will fea­ture on Macs, let­ting users send text to phones. No­ti­fi­ca­tions: Will ap­pear at the top of the screen and can be man­aged in­di­vid­u­ally. Share: This icon in pro­grams such as Sa­fari, Mail and Mes­sages will al­low quick Face­book posts and more. Air­Play Mir­ror­ing: This fea­ture can trans­mit what is on the Mac screen to the TV screen. MI­CROSOFT WIN­DOWS 8 [Due] Oc­to­ber [Price] $39.99 up­grade [New fea­tures] Metro: Mi­crosoft’s new home screen lay­out fea­tures coloured, up­dat­ing tiles. Charms menu: This main menu ap­pears from the right of the screen and de­liv­ers Search, Share and more op­tions. New-look apps: Pho­tos, Mail, Weather and Fi­nance have slick, Win­dows Phone-style looks. SkyDrive: New in­te­gra­tion with Mi­crosoft’s cloud ser­vice lets users store set­tings and cus­tomi­sa­tions. In­ter­net Ex­plorer up­date: The web browser will let you nav­i­gate be­tween pages with touch­pad swipes.

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