Official: Windows 8 Launches Oct 26 at Midnight
October 25, 2012 5:47 PM
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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
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
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
"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
, 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
was recently quoted saying that Windows 8 and the new Surface tablet are "incredible" products, and are "key to where personal computing is going."
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Change the UI in Windows 8
10/25/2012 7:54:22 PM
I use this utility for Windows 8. It's great, gives you more of a Windows 7 theme but you can still use the Metro UI also.
RE: Change the UI in Windows 8
10/25/2012 8:50:57 PM
They should call the software "Fixed That For You: Putting the Windows back in Windows 8."
RE: Change the UI in Windows 8
10/26/2012 11:40:11 AM
Yeah, great...and now Windows users have to start fixing the massive design flaws in MS products on their own in order to be able to use them. They're becoming as bad as Apple...except without the religion to support their idiocy.
RE: Change the UI in Windows 8
10/26/2012 12:55:29 PM
I feel like people who think Windows 8 design decisions are design flaws are similar to the type of people who think Linux is better than Windows in every single way.
Not trying to judge you, but its just like honestly, its not that bad. Sorry its hurting you so much but I've been running it for months and other than bugs (cause you know, its pre-release) its been a joy. Often times I don't even leave the desktop.
Have you tried using it for any extended period of time? It's just not really THAT different feeling.
May I will change my mind as more 'Modern UI' apps appear and I spend more time in Metro, errr, modern ui land but as a whole, 90% of my time is spent in the desktop and in no way is my experience hampered at all.
And frankly, I'm known for being agitated for bad UI decisions so I think I'm a scrutinizing type.
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