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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 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
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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.

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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.

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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,
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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
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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.


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