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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 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
quote:
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
quote:
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. :)


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