Today at the Microsoft’s Annual Worldwide Partners Conference (WPC) in Toronto, Windows Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller announced that Microsoft’s new Operating system Windows 8 is coming soon for both Consumer and Manufacturer.
Tami said, “The wait is almost over… Windows 8 is on track to be released to manufacturing the first week in August and Windows 8 will reach general availability at the end of October. New Windows 8 PCs will be available to buy and upgrades will be available.” She also confirmed that their new operating system will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide. For the very first time, Microsoft has stepped forward and provided details on Windows 8 availability.
However, if you are planning to buy a new PC today, you will also be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for $14.95 (assuming that your computer would have Windows 7 pre-installed) and for the rest of us it would be $39.99. All customers will get access to SkyDrive cloud storage with a Windows 8 purchase, and the commerce engine for the Windows Store will be live from the release-to-manufacturing date to allow developers more time to add apps.
Tami didn’t stop right there. She went on and announced that more than 630 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold so far and that number is growing everyday. According to her remarks, “…more than half of enterprise desktops today are running Windows 7.” There are no doubts that Windows 7 is one of the bestselling Windows Operating System and ofcourse Microsoft wants to use their success stories ahead of the new release.
Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer claimed that Windows 8 would be the biggest deal for Microsoft in 17 years since the launch of Windows 95. It almost seems like Microsoft is betting on the success of it’s upcoming computer OS. Now, it’s just a matter of time to see how exactly the Consumers going to accept Microsoft’s new Operating System.
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