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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: Win 8
By hood6558 on 10/26/2012 4:25:44 PM , Rating: 2
I only used Win 8 preview for 1 day before I formatted the drive and went back to 7. At first I thought "no big deal, just have to learn my way around", but as the day wore on, I was constantly frustrated by the clunky interface, since I have no touch screen (nobody I know has one). I don't even want a touch screen for my desktop. Anyway, maybe I didn't give it a long enough test, and I should have tried one of the third party programs that hides the Metro screen and acts just like Win 7. As for shutting down apps, you're right, it's a habit that comes from when I had a slow computer and had to close memory leaks constantly. I don't really need many of the new apps you're talking about, but a lot of programs still hog resources and are best shut down when not in use (Chrome in particular opens a lot of threads, and there are many others). Why run something you may not use for hours? By the new way of thinking, while I'm browsing and downloading torrents, I may as well let my video converter, audio player, video player, photo editing app, word processor, tagger, CD burner, etc. all run idle in the background, along with dozens of useless services that Windows starts automatically. Nope, still makes no sense, unless none of your apps use any resources or battery power, then - why the hell not let 'em run, they're just there, like any program is just there, until you activate it. But I don't believe that all these apps and services are resource-transparent, and that's why running them all will slow you down. With windows, you may have noticed, the more processes and services you have running, the slower it is to do everything, until eventually it can't get out of it's own way. Sorry, I prefer to keep a low profile, and don't want my hardware connected to 40 different servers keeping an eye on their programs (and me). If I ever migrate to Win 8, I will delete or disable most of that crap anyway if possible.

RE: Win 8
By Ammohunt on 10/26/2012 5:39:39 PM , Rating: 2
I did the same thing on a VM fiddled with it for about 15 minutes didn't care for the interface at all.....its dumbfounding that Microsoft didn't offer a means to transition to the new UI by leaving a version of the old UI in place; if they would have had the foresight to do this i would have been upgrading my machines to Windows 8 tonight. On top of that; since i am extended family tech-support I have told my them to skip this version of windows completely.

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