Today Microsoft has released its long anticipated Windows 8 operating system worldwide. If you all can remember, back in early July we wrote a post on the possible availability of Windows 8 by the end of October. Windows Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller announced the news at the Microsoft’s Annual Worldwide Partners Conference in Toronto.
Starting from October 26, both the regular consumers and businesses will able to purchase Windows 8 from popular windows retailers. You can also buy the OS from Microsoft’s Windows web site. You would have the option to download it or to get it shipped to you. Primarily there would be two different version of this new operating system for regular users, one is Windows 8 and another one is Windows 8 Pro. However, there would be another version for large organizations, Windows 8 Enterprise.
Windows RT is the new member of Windows family which is highly focused and redesigned specifically for ARM processor based tablet PCs. All windows based tablet PCs would have RT version pre-installed on it. Microsoft also released it very own tablet PC which is being called as “Surface”.
All Windows XP, Vista and 7 users are qualified to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for US$39.99, however some Windows 7 users (purchased between June 2, 2012 – Jan. 31, 2013) are eligible to download the same upgrade for US$14.99 from Windows Upgrade Offer website.
“We have reimagined Windows and the result is a stunning lineup of new PCs,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “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.”