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Windows 8 Pro will be available for download at 12:01 a.m.

Micosoft fans, the time has come -- Windows 8 will be available tonight at midnight, and you can pick it up via download or variety of new devices.

Microsoft sent out its official Windows 8 press release today announcing that the new operating system will be available at 12:01 a.m. on October 26. Alongside the Windows 8 launch will be the grand opening of the Windows Store, where customers can purchase apps for the latest OS.

Windows 8 Pro will be available to download here for $39.99 USD (Or $69.99 if you want it shipped to you). For those who would prefer to buy Windows 8 from retailers, there's the option to buy Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. Companies can also buy Windows 8 Enterprise for all business needs.


Windows RT will also be available at 12:01. For those who aren't up to speed, Windows RT is a variation of Windows 8 that is specifically meant for ARM-based tablets. It was built for apps in the new Windows Store, such as Microsoft Office 2013.

According to Microsoft, there are over 1,000 certified PCs and tablets that will feature its new OS. Some of these include the Dell XPS 10 convertible, the Acer Aspire S7-391, the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 and the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4. These devices and more will be available at retailers such as Best Buy, Amazon and Staples.

For those with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, an uprgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be avilable for $39.99 USD via download through the end of January. If you bought a Windows 7 machine after June 2 and plan to buy one before January 31, 2013, customers in over 140 markets can download Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99 USD using the Windows Upgrade Offer here.

"We have reimagined Windows and the result is a stunning lineup of new PCs," said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. "Windows 8 brings together the best of the PC and the tablet. It works perfect for work and play and it is alive with your world. Every one of our customers will find a PC that they will absolutely love."

Windows 8 offers the new user interface (formerly called Metro UI) that has been a topic of debate amongst consumers and business folks. Some love the new colorful tiles while others say it is more suitable for mobile devices like tablets only.

Microsoft recently announced its Surface tablet, which is Microsoft-built hardware running the new Windows RT OS. The new tablet will include a 10.6-inch display, an ARM-based processor (NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3), 32GB or 64GB storage options, 2GB of memory, 1366x768 resolution, 720p rear- and front-facing cameras, a USB port and a microSDXC slot. Also, the tablet has a VaporMg magnesium casing and a built-in kickstand with the option to purchase a touch cover or type cover keyboard/screen protector. It's $499 for the 32GB, $599 for the 32GB with touch cover, or $699 for the 64GB with touch cover.


Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was recently quoted saying that Windows 8 and the new Surface tablet are "incredible" products, and are "key to where personal computing is going."

Source: Microsoft



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RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By ImmortalSamurai on 10/25/2012 6:18:42 PM , Rating: 3
Keep your god damn trolling off the comments! Been using Windows 8 RC on my Alienware for a while and it boots in like 8 sec, my games run faster, my applications launch faster, and there is a noticeable latency decrease in my games. It is not all about the UI, so how about you STFU and go back to your Linux/Apple fan page.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By Lanister on 10/25/2012 6:51:08 PM , Rating: 1
Ya Moto, how dare you make a comment in the comment section! I don't know why you feel free to provide your opinion, only ImmortalSamurai is allowed to do that. And since his opinion is that it is a good product you are obviously wrong to make any negative comments about it!! As he said it's not all about the UI, I mean how often do you use the UI of an OS, like once a year maybe?!?!


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By tayb on 10/25/2012 8:06:31 PM , Rating: 3
So at least two people in this thread are completely ignorant on Windows 8.

As I said before, Windows 8 may fail but it won't be because it stinks it will be because too many people are completely ignorant on the OS and tell all their friends.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By Motoman on 10/25/12, Rating: 0
RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By tayb on 10/25/2012 9:16:54 PM , Rating: 2
If you feel that strongly about Windows 8 you must surely hate Windows 7 and Windows Vista and Windows XP... because the desktop is largely unchanged. Or was it just too terribly difficult for you to hit Windows + D or click that humongous "desktop" tile?


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By Motoman on 10/26/2012 11:38:52 AM , Rating: 2
Why the f%ck does it seem acceptable to add one more USELESS step to the process? The PC UI in it's optimal form is the traditional start menu and desktop icons. The reason why that form hasn't changed an awful lot since Win95 is well and truly because that's the optimal form. Can't get better.

Putting something moronic on top of it, and then saying "just press this button to get to something useful" is mind-bendingly stupid. And for you to assert that it makes sense in any way does nothing but belie your own massive disconnect with reality.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By tayb on 10/26/2012 1:23:45 PM , Rating: 2
What step is being added? When you start up your computer your greeted with a Metro menu that lets you launch programs, check the weather, and do any number of tasks. If you want to get into the desktop you can either launch a program or just head to the desktop. If you have multiple monitors you will, by default, already be in the desktop on one monitor.

I still have not one one single reason why you drones hate Windows 8. You just hate it. What is hilarious to me is that you claim to have spent huge amounts of time using it but haven't seemed to figure out even the most simplest of tasks.


By augiem on 10/26/2012 2:13:53 PM , Rating: 2
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I still have not one one single reason why you drones hate Windows 8


Yes you have, in many threads. You just ignore every reason and want to prove yourself right every time.


By Lanister on 10/26/2012 2:16:04 PM , Rating: 2
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you claim to have spent huge amounts of time using it but haven't seemed to figure out even the most simplest of tasks.


Thank you for admitting that it is different and does require a person to learn how to perform task they already know how to do in Win7. I am NOT saying it is more or less complicated I am saying it is different. So then the average user needs to decide if it is worth their investment in time to learn the new UI. It is my OPINION that the vast majority of people will decide any benefits are not worth the investment. In short, why should I or anyone else re-learn how to do everyday tasks simply because Microsoft decided they wanted to have the same UI on desktops and tablets. Maybe one day when you mature a bit you will realize that your opinion isn't the only valid one and resorting to name calling and belittling people will never get them to agree with you. Anyways it’s out for the masses and as I said we shall see in a few months if people like it or not, I am betting on not.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By jvillaro on 10/25/2012 9:20:07 PM , Rating: 3
You seem to not know what "fact" means


By Motoman on 10/26/2012 11:36:27 AM , Rating: 2
Putting a touchscreen UI on a non-touchscreen device is a horrible concept...and that is a fact.

Sorry if you're having trouble with that term.

You children need to grow up and realize that something new is not automatically better than something old. Putting a phone/tablet UI on a PC is an act of unbridled stupidity.


By CityZen on 10/26/2012 3:07:03 AM , Rating: 2
Y'know what would be funny? Someone releasing a Microsoft Bob app for Windows 8/RT. I bet it'd be a hit


By Cheesew1z69 on 10/26/2012 11:43:56 AM , Rating: 2
I normally agree with you, but it's not really a fact.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By Lanister on 10/25/2012 8:31:20 PM , Rating: 2
Wow the ego's on this site are insane. OK so since you tayb personally like it there couldn't possibly be anyone out there who has tried it and doesn't like it? I missed the announcement that you were elected the official opinion maker for everyone on Windows 8. I have used it, on multiple computers (although no touch screen yet, which is where I think it will shine) for prob a total of 80 hours of use and while my opinion of it has grown it has reached a plateau. I simply don't see a large enough benefit to outweigh the production loss, obviously you are different. I believe that the vast majority of users will agree with me, the average user will see no compelling reason to upgrade in my opinion.

In a few months we shall see who is correct, unlike you I however will not be butt hurt if I am wrong. I like Microsoft and their products; I just think the Metro UI is a miss on desktops and would be willing to bet you will see a start menu added back to the desktop when average users buying new computers realize they have no idea how to navigate the computer they just purchased.


By augiem on 10/25/2012 9:04:58 PM , Rating: 2
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Wow the ego's on this site are insane.


Isn't it disgusting? There's no such thing as civility anymore. There were quite a few times I just quit looking at the comments on this site for months at a time because I just got so sick of all the pissing and eye gouging.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By tayb on 10/25/2012 9:24:49 PM , Rating: 2
Production loss? What production loss? Please, I would LOVE to hear you expand on this. Seriously, please.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By augiem on 10/25/2012 9:32:55 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't do it. I've gone to the trouble in the past to post my detailed reviews/opinions of my own only to be repeatedly dumped on, called ignorant, a dinosaur, an idiot, a hater, or any other number of labels tacked on so the poster can flippantly blow off my view entirely as irrelevant in as few words as possible. It's not worth posting genuine opinions with reasoning here. Barbs are far more common and anything else gets downvoted.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By tayb on 10/25/2012 9:42:28 PM , Rating: 2
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It's not worth posting genuine opinions with reasoning here.


You mean it isn't worth posting evidence to support opinions. You've already posted your genuine opinion.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By augiem on 10/25/2012 10:28:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I said "with reasoning".


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By tayb on 10/25/2012 11:12:30 PM , Rating: 2
So I guess I'll stand behind my "ignorant" statement until such a time when people start actually telling me why they "hate" Windows 8 after "extensive evaluation." Everyone gets to have an opinion but without reasoning or supportive evidence yours is worthless. It's cool, I have plenty of worthless opinions too.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By Dr of crap on 10/26/2012 8:09:39 AM , Rating: 2
You sound a lot like one of theose APPLE fanboys!!!!!!!!


By Cheesew1z69 on 10/26/2012 12:02:01 PM , Rating: 2
He is...


By augiem on 10/26/2012 2:17:57 PM , Rating: 2
No, I refuse to bite because I've read your stuff in countless threads. You don't care what reasons we have for not liking Windows 8. You just yell louder trying to prove yourself right. You are not here to reason or to debate. I don't engage in "discussions" of that sort with people who are only out to "win" an argument. It's the same everywhere. Politics? Ot try going to the forums Unity3d.com and try to post your views on C# vs UnityScript.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/26/2012 5:52:48 AM , Rating: 2
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I wouldn't do it. I've gone to the trouble in the past to post my detailed reviews/opinions of my own only to be repeatedly dumped on, called ignorant, a dinosaur, an idiot, a hater, or any other number of labels tacked on so the poster can flippantly blow off my view entirely as irrelevant in as few words as possible. It's not worth posting genuine opinions with reasoning here. Barbs are far more common and anything else gets downvoted.


All of which is ridiculous given that you make very good posts here. Even if there is disagreement it is clear that you put thought and balance into what you say.


By augiem on 10/26/2012 2:29:00 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, Takin! I was thinking the same thing the other day after our back and forth on Apple's influence on the advancement of technology. At least there's one person out there you can have a civil debate with. :)


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By Lanister on 10/26/2012 12:04:15 AM , Rating: 2
Tayb, I am not sure if this is true but you come across as having an emotional investment in weather or not people agree with your opinion on this, it is ok for people to not like the same thing right?

I am sure there is a way to do everything in Windows 8 that you can do in Windows 7. The problem is it is different and that is where the production loss comes in. It takes time to re learn how to do things in Windows 8, in time I am sure I could be just as proficient in Win8 as I am in Win7 the issue is why bother? The benefits I have seen in Win8 ( faster boot ) is not worth the investment in time it will take to relearn how to do simple tasks like launch two separate apps side by side. I boot my computer up in Win8 and had my wife try it, I think she represents the knowledge of the vast majority of normal users, after about 3 minutes of clicking around she told me to get her back on Win7, she hated it.

It is my opinion/belief that this is going to be the reaction of the vast majority of users, obviously you disagree and we shall see in a few months who is correct. In the mean time I will continue to play with and try to learn Win8, not because I like it more then Win7 but because I am going to be getting calls from friends and family on how to use Win8 as I am the go to person for computer questions.

Anyways, I am glad you like Windows 8, I hope it works out for you and anyone else who tries it; just don’t be surprised if/when it tanks. If I am wrong and it does great, I am sure there will be an article on DailyTech and I will admit in the comments that I was wrong on the adoption rate. One thing I will say is now that they have included a “Dark theme” in office 2013 I am a fan of the new office suite.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By tayb on 10/26/2012 12:54:10 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The benefits I have seen in Win8 ( faster boot ) is not worth the investment in time it will take to relearn how to do simple tasks like launch two separate apps side by side.


I can agree with that. I mean, launching two apps side by side is quite a bit different in Windows 8. In Windows 7 I just have to launch two applications and snap them to either side of the screen. Now in Windows 8 I have to go through the burden of launching two applications and snapping them to either side of the screen the exact same way I did in Windows 7.

quote:
I boot my computer up in Win8 and had my wife try it, I think she represents the knowledge of the vast majority of normal users, after about 3 minutes of clicking around she told me to get her back on Win7, she hated it.


Congrats, you showed your wife the start menu of Windows 8 and that is it.

quote:
In the mean time I will continue to play with and try to learn Win8, not because I like it more then Win7 but because I am going to be getting calls from friends and family on how to use Win8 as I am the go to person for computer questions.


I'll save you a lot of trouble: Windows Key + D... or click the big tile that says "Desktop." And then ignore Metro. For eternity.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By dubldwn on 10/26/2012 11:58:20 AM , Rating: 2
I remember when windows became mainstream for all office personnel; people actually retired “because they weren’t high tech.” It took years to get regular people to learn this stuff. Now you’ll get folks trying to open a pdf and they’re taken to some weird full screen program, or they try to open a picture and again are taken to some metro app, and they’ll think, “What is this? How did I get here?” And most damning of all, “How do I get out and back to what I’m familiar with?” After a time they’ll figure out how to open pdf’s in Reader on the desktop, and how to view pictures in a window,
quote:
And then ignore Metro. For eternity.

Well, that’s a bad sign. I installed 8 in March on my test rig, and at my wife’s request removed it last week to put 7 back on. Why would she or anyone else want to learn this stuff when it isn’t an improvement? Because it’s new and different?


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By tayb on 10/26/2012 1:44:51 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Now you’ll get folks trying to open a pdf and they’re taken to some weird full screen program, or they try to open a picture and again are taken to some metro app, and they’ll think, “What is this? How did I get here?” And most damning of all, “How do I get out and back to what I’m familiar with?” After a time they’ll figure out how to open pdf’s in Reader on the desktop, and how to view pictures in a window,


This is literally completel bullshit. If you have multiple programs that provide the same function (in this case, reading a pdf) Windows 8 will ask you what you want to use to open the program. You can set it to the default or have it ask you every single time.

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Well, that’s a bad sign. I installed 8 in March on my test rig, and at my wife’s request removed it last week to put 7 back on. Why would she or anyone else want to learn this stuff when it isn’t an improvement? Because it’s new and different?


Your wife uses your test rig? Learn what stuff? Just go to the desktop and continue your life as normal. Quite literally a toddler can figure this stuff out.


By dubldwn on 10/26/2012 6:43:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah she uses my test rig…do you think she’s using my gaming rig?? I remember she had trouble with pdf’s and photo viewing so I mentioned it. Of course navigating 8 is easy for us; that’s not the point. The point is most people will get frustrated and I have a sneaking suspicion enterprise will go out of their way to avoid the headache. And speaking of toddler’s, they should have made an enterprise without metro.


By Cheesew1z69 on 10/26/2012 11:49:40 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
missed the announcement that you were elected the official opinion maker
There a few here like this...


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By TakinYourPoints on 10/25/2012 9:07:04 PM , Rating: 1
Nailed it


By augiem on 10/25/2012 9:11:07 PM , Rating: 2
Right through his hand.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By augiem on 10/25/2012 9:14:43 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So at least two people in this thread are completely ignorant on Windows 8.


Ignorant:
1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.
2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.
3. uninformed; unaware.
4. due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.

None of the above. Dowloaded it and installed it no less than 3 times during development. Thoroughly tested, used, and evaluated. Hate it. I'm very informed and aware when it comes to Windows 8. It just so happens I don't like it. Is that so hard to understand not everyone has the same taste/workflow/needs?


By tayb on 10/25/2012 9:31:45 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Don't be afraid of Windows 8. If you don't like using Metro, you really don't have to beyond landing in the tile screen when you boot up; you can think of it as a big, stylish app drawer.


I would love to hear your reasons for hating Windows 8.


By MrBungle123 on 10/26/2012 12:54:50 AM , Rating: 2
I think they are calling it Windows 8 because there are about 8 people on earth that would willingly install it on their systems... shockingly 3 of them also frequent dailytech making the percentage of Windows 8 adopters unusually high on this site.


By Sazabi19 on 10/26/2012 8:32:26 AM , Rating: 1
Lol yes, terrible Moto. On a related note Samurai already speaks how ignorant he is in volumes by saying he has an Alienware. After that note the main reason why it boots faster is because it doesn't load ANYTHING accept the start screen and a few other resources on boot. As soon as you go to your desktop everything else that SHOULD come up does and it takes just as long (longer from boot due to the fact that you have to click on "desktop") than Win7. Now, even with saying that I MAY get a copy for $40 to try the final release. I have used Win8 since the first RC that was available and have not liked it thus far, but it has been on my laptop. I will probably put it on my main rig with my SSD and see if I get improvements. I still hope Win8 fails super hard and they take out this gay Metro UI and give me back my Start menu (yes I will still bitch about this).


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By kmmatney on 10/26/2012 1:53:12 AM , Rating: 2
"my games run faster"

I call BS in this one...at least I have seen no evidence for this.


By B3an on 10/26/2012 4:32:55 AM , Rating: 3
"better" would be the best term. My games definitely run better than on 7. Benchmarks show that both OS's are basically identical for frame rates. But i find 8 has less random lags/stutters, and loading is sometimes slightly quicker.

It's also fixed crash problems i had with 2 game mods.


RE: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight...
By NellyFromMA on 10/26/2012 1:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly, some people are just going to hate. Some of us love tech, others love brands.

Some people legitimately will just 'not like' the difference, but a majority of those people (think 8 out of 10) simply oppose change regardless of whether its better or worse.


By MrBungle123 on 10/26/2012 4:14:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Some people legitimately will just 'not like' the difference, but a majority of those people (think 8 out of 10) simply oppose change regardless of whether its better or worse.


The people that hate it traditional laptop/desktop users...For that use case Win 8's UI is inferior and gets in their way.


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