Microsoft Windows 8 was launched on Friday, October 26, 2012. The new operating system is designed for desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs. It has a new user interface with a grid of dynamically updating tiles to represent applications, build-in Internet Explorer 10, SkyDrive, and others.
As of 26 October, a wide range of manufacturers â€” including Asus, Acer, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba â€” have debuted more than 50 new devices in Asia that are built for Windows 8. Customers will be able to choose from a range of new models, including notebooks, tablets, all-in-ones, touch-enabled ultrabooks and convertibles (hybrid notebooks).
“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a reimagined Windows to the world,â€ said Tracey Fellows, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific. â€œWhether you want to consume or create, whether you want to work or playâ€”Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise computing experience. You no longer need to choose between the fun and convenience of a tablet and the power and productivity of a PC.”
Windows 8 isÂ availableÂ in 2 versions at retail: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Launching at the same time is the Windows RT (not for retail), which is designed for ARM-based tablets.
Windows Upgrade Offer
Through the end of January 2012, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to online download Windows 8 Pro for USD$39.99. Retail package is USD$69.99.
And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 in more than 140 countries can download Windows 8 Pro for only USD$14.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer.