CWmike writes: "Microsoft's long-awaited deeper look at Windows 8 on Tuesday has piqued consumer interest, says a firm that scores online news and social media trends. Interest in Windows 8 exploded Sept. 12, the day Microsoft demoed it, said NetBase Solutions, which tracks online coverage and social media comments about brands and products for a wide range of industries. The percentage of positive mentions about Windows 8 quickly climbed starting Tuesday, said NetBase, ending at above 60% by the close of Wednesday. Negative comments made up about 20% of the total. Not surprisingly, the mentions and comments garnered by Windows 8 crystalized around the usual Microsoft versus Apple argument. 'Windows 8 will be the death of the iPad!' crowed one of the Twitter messages NetBase highlighted. Negative commenters climbed on OS soapboxes as well. 'Remember, the people who think Windows 8 just killed the iPad are the same who thought Windows ME was the best OS ever,' said a tweet, referring to the abused Windows Millennium of 2000. 'Dislikes for the Windows 8 tablet focus around how it does not support Adobe Flash and how it's not that easy to use
... but there are many more positives than there are negatives,' noted NetBase."