26 Oct 2012

Windows 8 Launched!

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On Friday 26th October 2012, Microsoft is making its newest operating system to its customers!

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“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a reimagined Windows to the world,” said Helene Auriol, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore. “Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise computing experience to individuals, families and businesses, where they no longer need to choose between the fun and convenience of a tablet and the power and productivity of a PC.”

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See the different forms of Windows 8 PC? “Customers will be able to choose from a range of new models, including notebooks, tablets, all-in-ones, touch-enabled ultrabooks and convertibles, all built for Windows 8.” Over 50 new Windows 8 devices will be launched by a variety of manufacturers available islandwide, making it more than 1000 devices Windows 8 certified!

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Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest offering for their flagship OS is set to be sold at retail outlets in two versions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Windows RT is also launched for ARM based tablets together with Windows 8.

Some of the differences between the versions:

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There will also be an enterprise version for the businesses!

With Windows 8, it is easy to add apps by just heading to the Windows Store!

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Some of the apps available on Windows Store are:

· News: The New Zealand Herald (New Zealand), ThaiRath (Thailand), Channel NewsAsia (Singapore), The Straits Times (Singapore), Razor TV (Singapore), ABS-CBN News (Philippines), Chosun Biz (Korea)

· Games: Fruit Ninja (Australia), Stack the Stuff (Indonesia), JetPack Joyride (Australia), Ancient Frog (New Zealand)

· Entertainment: SkyTV (New Zealand), SM Cinema (Philippines), GTH Cinema (Thailand)

· Education: Pororo (Korea), Merlion Words (Singapore), My Baby Piano (Korea)

· Travel : Air Asia (Malaysia), Korea Bus (Korea), Wego (Singapore)

· Sports: New Zealand cricket (New Zealand)

· Finance: Westpac (Australia), Bangkok Bank (Thailand)

· Books & Ref: Yes24 (Korea),

· Lifestyle: iProperty (Malaysia), iProperty (Singapore), ArtNArte (Korea), SG Deals (Singapore)

Thinking of switching yet? Here are some options:

1. From now till end of January 2013, you may switch to Windows 8 if you are a Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 user. The Windows 8 Pro upgrade from these OSs will be retailing at around S$49.99 from windows.microsoft.com.

2. If you purchased an eligible Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 in more than 140 countries, you may download Windows 8 Pro at an estimated retail price of S$17.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.

If you want a brand new Windows 8 Pro (in a DVD), it can be bought at all leading IT retail stores for S$89.00.

Interested?

To find out more, visit windows.microsoft.com!

(Information and screenshot provided by Microsoft Singapore)

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