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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 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
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
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.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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