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Windows 8 Arrives
Author: Cássio LimaDate: October 25, 2012 - 6:51 PM PST
Category: Software
More Info: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/Press/2012/Oct12/10-25Windows8GAPR...

Today, Microsoft announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store. As a result of close work with hardware partners, more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, including Microsoft Surface, will be available for the launch of Windows 8.

Windows 8 will be available for download to upgrade existing PCs in more than 140 markets and 37 languages at http://www.windows.com/buy beginning at 12:01 a.m. local time and at retail locations around the world. At retail, Windows 8 will be available in two primary versions, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, as well as Windows 8 Enterprise for large organizations. Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family, Windows RT, designed for ARM-based tablets and available pre-installed on new devices. In addition to Microsoft Office 2013, Windows RT is designed exclusively for apps in the new Windows Store.

Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and the content about which they care the most. It also features an entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive.

In addition to the range of available new Windows-based devices, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 are qualified to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of USD 39.99. Eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013, in more than 140 markets, can download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of USD 14.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.


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