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Windows 8: An era of touch computing

Posted: 26 Oct 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Windows 8  tablets  operating system  SkyDrive 

In a bid to regain its lost glory in the mobile computing arena, Microsoft has launched its new operating platform 'Windows 8'. Windows 8, designed to run on both PCs and tablet computers, aims to change the world of computing.

Starting Friday, Microsoft Windows 8 OS would be available on a wide range of Windows 8 PCs and tablets. Windows 8 can be controlled using touch (with tablets) and with mouse and keyboard (desktops).

"We've reimagined Windows and we also reimagined the PC," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Windows 8 PCs and tablets will be available in India from 14 OEM partners – Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HCL, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, RP Infosystems, Sai Info System, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Wipro and Zenith Computers on a variety of form factors—from tablets and hybrids to laptops and ultrabooks—on both touch and non-touch devices.

In India, over 250 Windows 8 enabled devices, including 23 completely new SKUs of Windows 8 PCs are available across 100 cities and more than 2500 retail stores.

Windows 8 comes with a new intuitive start screen and tiles that "are brimming with content, and update in real time." The new OS comes with built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive, allowing users to sign in once with their Microsoft account to ensure that all the things including mails, calendars, contact, pictures etc. are synced across multiple devices. Further, Windows 8 comes with a improved browser, Internet Explorer 10 that is touch-ready.

Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets, Windows RT, which will be available pre-installed on new devices.

With this launch, the Windows Store is now open for customers giving access to global and local apps for download. In India, a range of free and paid apps can be downloaded.

In addition to the range of new devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. From 2nd June 2012 until 31st January 2013, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of Rs. 1,999. And Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of Rs. 699.

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