Microsoft launches Windows 8 and opens Windows Store
Software giant Microsoft Corporation has finally launched its much-awaited operating system Windows 8 and the new Windows Store. Starting Friday, October 26, computer users worldwide will have access to the latest Microsoft operating system on a wide range of PCs, Ultrabooks, tablets and hybrid devices.
The president of Microsoft’s Windows division Steven Sinofsky said that more than 1,000 machines have been certified for Windows 8 and that there will be some Windows 8 computers that will be available for less than US$ 300.
According to Microsoft, Windows 8 will be available for purchase online and in stores from October 26 at a price starting at US$ 39.99. Windows 8 retains the traditional desktop look of Windows, but also adds another view that is heavily geared toward touchscreen devices.
In addition to this, Sinofsky said that Windows 8 will work well with Windows 7 computers, making them boot up faster and run more efficiently. Speaking about Windows RT, Sinofsky stated that Windows RT is a downsized version of Windows 8 that will be mostly used on tablet PCs. Windows RT uses an ARM processor, which is smaller, cheaper and uses less power than other computer chips. However, Windows RT will run only those apps that have been purchased from the Windows Store. The flagship tablet of Microsoft, called Surface, is powered by Windows RT and will be launched today. A Surface tablet running the more robust Windows 8 operating software will launch later.
Besides Windows 8, Microsoft also unveiled its online store for Windows 8 apps named Windows Store.
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