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The world has been waiting for Windows 8. And we are excited to deliver Windows 8 to the world.
Today events are happening all across the globe to celebrate tomorrow’s general availability of Windows 8.
Windows 8 represents a reimagining of Windows. It provides a personalized experience with a beautiful new user interface that puts you at the center. You get a great experience for entertainment AND creating content all on the same device, either with touch or with a mouse and keyboard. No compromise.
Windows 8 comes to life through a range of exciting new apps available through the grand opening of the Windows Store and new hardware from our OEM partners.
Onstage at a special event with press in New York earlier this morning, we showed off Windows 8 including some of our favorite new apps and hardware.
The Windows Store makes it super easy to discover, buy and install new apps in Windows 8. Friday , when Windows 8 becomes available – customers will find lots of interesting new third party apps in the Windows Store to install such as Evernote, LivingSocial, Cocktail Flow, Hulu, Wikipedia and Urbanspoon to name a few. Many apps from the Windows Store are free to try before you make a purchase and Windows 8 allows you to try and then remove any app without leaving a trace.
When we reimagined Windows, we also reimagined the PC experience from the ground up - and we are excited to have over 1,000 Windows 8 certified devices that will be in market beginning tomorrow. There is a Windows device for everyone. Our OEM partners are introducing a variety of new form factors. And at our press event today we showed off examples of from many of those form factors: beautiful tablets running Windows RT with instant on and extra-long battery life like the Asus Vivo Tab RT and our own Microsoft Surface, compact, touch-enabled x86 tablets like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 to convertible PCs that switch effortlessly between PC and tablet like the Dell XPS 12, to thin & light Ultrabooks like the ASUS UX31 Touch, the Sony VAIO Duo 11 or Acer Aspire S7-191 to large, powerful all-in-one PCs with high-definition screens like the Dell XPS One 27”, the HP Envy 23 TouchSmart or Samsung Series 7. And you’ll catch many of these devices and PCs in our new ads.
If you missed our live webcast of our press event from New York this morning, you’ll be able to watch it on-demand here at the Microsoft News Center.
We will continue to celebrate the impending availability of Windows 8 today here in New York with a variety of activities leading up to midnight. Starting at 9:30pm (EST), several our OEM partners will be giving New Yorkers and visitors alike a chance to get hands on with their new Windows 8 hardware in Times Square. And the first Microsoft Holiday Store will also open at Times Square at midnight (EST). And don’t miss Times Square where Windows 8 will be featured on over 39 digital boards in the largest takeover of Times Square to date! We’ll be tweeting from Times Square all evening and posting photos so be sure to follow @Windows for all the latest!
Also here in New York at Pier 57 is an immersive and interactive 160-foot “mini” Manhattan – called Microtropolis – where the neighborhoods are represented through Windows 8 touch-enabled PCs and devices. New Yorkers can stop by and walk right into the experience through the avenues and streets. Hundreds of devices are scattered along the rooftops within the neighborhoods. We partnered with local artists, chefs, designers and other notable New Yorkers to curate their respective neighborhood experiences within the Windows 8 for all the devices within Microtropolis. This unique experience illustrates how Windows 8 can be personalized with all the things that are important to you. For more details on Microtropolis, see this post from Kristina Libby from earlier this week.
Our launch activity is truly global. We’ll be sharing photos and video from New York and many of the Windows 8 launch events from around the world (including Microsoft’s campus in Redmond) through our Windows Facebook page and our Windows YouTube channel.
In 140 countries, people will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 (U.S.) online at Windows.com in 37 supported languages and 23 supported currencies starting 12:01 am October 26thmarket-by-market. You can also stop by your local retailer to pick up a Windows 8 upgrade, including special pricing on a Windows 8 Pro upgrade.
If you purchased a Windows 7 PC between June 2nd, 2012, and January 31st, 2013, you can register for the Windows Upgrade Offer where you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99 (U.S.). Those of you who have already registered for the Windows Upgrade Offer, you will be able to redeem your upgrade. Our OEM partners are also bringing new Windows 8 PCs and devices to market and are available for purchase in stores and online starting tomorrow. If you pre-ordered a Windows 8 PC or device, those pre-orders will start shipping if they haven’t already!
Also starting tomorrow, we are excited to have various retailers across the world announcing new Windows 8 offers for their customers. Below you will find a list of offers from retailers here in the U.S.:
The global list of retail offers can be found here.
We are very excited to bring Windows 8 to market and into your hands. For more on Windows 8, visit the brand new Windows.com!
I hoped Win8 would Look and feel like my loved wp7 on Touch devices - but The Win8 Metro style Looks like a Chinese copy of wp7/wp8.
It really has been reimagined. I was walking around at Eaton center in Toronto and saw the new Microsoft store opening up - it was amazing! It was by chance that I came across some of the great windows 8 laptops and the microsoft tablet (Surface)...I think if you advertise like Apple your products are way better than theirs and you would reach a lot more people! I was so impressed by the product that I started a site that gives away themes for Windows 8. Please if you get time have a look - windows-8-themes-free.com
I would like to hear from users about their Win 8 experience before moving forward to switch it. Look like it will be an amazing OS.
I saw some demo for windows 8. Really cool. Looking forward to use it .
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is itunes compatible with windows 8?
Think these things through more thoroughly before launching desktop/laptop builds of Windows 8.
I've learned all the keyboard shortcuts and navigation changes of Windows 8 since the W8 previews were first released in 2011. While the tablet experience is passable, for desktop/laptop use, there is NO benefit from the changes except that Steve Sinofsky got his rocks off forcing a touch UI on a desktop operating system. There's a reason the Windows 7 all-in-one PCs never turned a profit for Microsoft's OEM partners: touch is a bad idea on a desktop operating system. A keyboard and mouse will defeat an all touch interface 10 times out of 10! Encouraging use of a touch UI on a desktop/laptop is like passing a kid chalk to do an assignment when a silly little invention called pencil and paper has already surpassed that in efficiency. That's why tablet interfaces weren't pursued in the advent of computing. Because drawing in the sand just doesn't make for efficient communication like ink and paper. Who wants to mimic a chalkboard in 2012 when a mouse and keyboard are exponentially more efficient to use? The new start screen that now occupies the ENTIRE FREAKING SCREEN takes more motion and/or mouse travel to navigate. It doesn't matter how many colors you want to paint those rectangles and squares - they don't belong on a desktop operating system as the primary UI to launch programs, nor do programs with non-re-sizable windows going forward. This isn't to say that Microsoft should stand still with the old start button layouts, but any changes should be an improvement in productivity BEFORE visual pleasure.
W8 has a nice underlying code base that has improved over W7, but the overall user experience suffers as long as Microsoft insists that full screen modern UI apps are "cool" to desktop/laptop users without doing actual research. It isn't research to isolate research subjects like you do in your marketing campaigns. You need real world results. The new start screen UI is ok for a tablet or smaller device, especially since tablets don't foster desktop-class productivity. This Windows 8 start screen does not belong on x86/64 systems. "Fisher Price toy" and "old farts who like old start menus" jokes aside, W8 is a not a step forward on the desktop for business functions or personal productivity.
While the traditional Windows desktop is not difficult to access in W8, the fact that the traditional desktop UI is beginning to be gradually pushed out to an almost PalmOS emulator-like backseat in favor of the poorly thought out W8 default UI is insulting when you offer nothing in productivity gains but offer something that actually reduces it. Windows 8 apps are full screen only. They hamper multitasking that has been present but under-refined by Windows 8. Windows 8 not only avoids any refinement of multitasking. It handicaps it entirely and BY DEFAULT out of the box. With the Windows 8 screw-up on the desktop, Microsoft has unintentionally accomplished something that is more of a profit to them than my buying Windows 8: it makes me want to buy Windows 7 (if, for nothing else, to avoid that atrocious Windows 8-driven UI/UX).
My colleagues, my family, and I are absolutely alienated to the point where Xbox or Windows Phone 8 are not even attractive anymore and won't be until, YES, some sort of start button similar to Windows 7's or some less space consuming, less obtuse start menu is developed and all app windows are once again re-sizable, whether they be "legacy" apps or Windows Store apps. Building an ecosystem should NEVER involve throwing the optimal productivity UI baby out with the former default desktop UI bath water.
The spirit of desktop/laptop computing has been multitasking for the last couple decades thanks to the very real efficiency accomplished with a keyboard and mouse on a traditional desktop UI found up through Windows 7. With the growth of big data demands and even more sophisticated home users, Windows 8's UX is shockingly impeding of the enrichment of the traditional desktop's multitasking spirit and will only help to drive personal interest and preferences to alternatives that aren't fixing what isn't broken. New ideas are always to be sought out, but Steve Sinofsky, and more importantly, Microsoft as a company, has ignored the loud opposition to W8's counterproductive changes to the UI and, ultimately, the desktop and laptop UX's. Microsoft needs to save face here and make the modern UI optional in yield to a less consuming start menu that can be activated only as needed like the start buttons of old and mandate that apps must be designed to be re-sizable to allow for multitasking within the operating system regardless of the nature of the app (with the understandable exception of video gaming). I am really ashamed for Microsoft as it is adopting a paradigm shift in the UX that, other than improved background resource use, does not fix anything significant that might have been broken in Windows 7.
By the way, no one wants dumb apps on a desktop computer capable of doing things exponentially more powerful than tablets and smartphones. What would be the point of buying the damn PC if the apps are no more capable or useful with a mouse and keyboard than on a tablet or smartphone? Other than "unifying" the kernel for desktop, tablet, and smartphone to enable easier porting of apps across the different Windows 8 device types, Windows 8 is DOA on desktops and laptops without coming back to the principles of desktop-class productivity that are driven by a UI and UX that are imbued by the use of a mouse and keyboard while leaving the screen unblocked by a hand tapping one letter at a time or tapping a tile or swiping something or whatever. Put Sinofsky where Apple put Forstall. This isn't working.
My colleagues, my family, and I are absolutely alienated to the point where Xbox or Windows Phone 8 are not even attractive anymore and won't be until, YES, some sort of start button similar to Windows 7's or some less space consuming, less obtuse start menu is developed and all app windows are once again re-sizable, whether they be "legacy" apps or Windows Store apps. The spirit of desktop/laptop computing has been multitasking for the last couple decades thanks to the very real efficiency accomplished with a keyboard and mouse on a traditional desktop UI found up through Windows 7. With the growth of big data demands and even more sophisticated home users, Windows 8's UX is shockingly impeding of the enrichment of the traditional desktop's multitasking spirit and will only help to drive personal interest and preferences to alternatives that aren't fixing what isn't broken. New ideas are always to be sought out, but Steve Sinofsky, and more importantly, Microsoft as a company, has ignored the loud opposition to W8's counterproductive changes to the UI and, ultimately, the desktop and laptop UX's. Microsoft needs to save face here and make the modern UI optional in yield to a less consuming start menu that can be activated only as needed like the start buttons of old and mandate that apps must be designed to be re-sizable to allow for multitasking within the operating system regardless of the nature of the app (with the understandable exception of video gaming). I am really ashamed for Microsoft as it is adopting the paradigm shift that does not fix anything that might have been broken in Windows 7. By the way, no one wants dumb apps on a desktop computer capable of doing things exponentially more powerful than tablets and smartphones. What would be the point of buying the damn PC if the apps are no more capable or useful with a mouse and keyboard than on a tablet or smartphone? Other than "unifying" the kernel for desktop, tablet, and smartphone to enable easier porting of apps across the different Windows 8 device types, Windows 8 is DOA on desktops and laptops without coming back to the principles of desktop-class productivity that are driven by a UI and UX that are imbued by the use of a mouse and keyboard while leaving the screen unblocked by a hand tapping one letter at a time or tapping a tile or swiping something or whatever. Put Sinofsky where Apple put Forstall. This isn't working.
Are you guys going to update windows media center and windows media player ever?
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It is about time that Microsoft re-invents itself. I hope that Windows 8 is a success this time.
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so i ges this is true written in 2009 , and microsoft has lost the tablet and the phone and people are moving a way from pc
first of all thanks for the best OS to date , it is nice and verry cool i hope you will sell a lot of copys
and on the othere hand
i am very worried for you ,, so i ges that this will change in just 9 month from now
you will need a new design, and break backward compability as you allways do ,,
i think windows 9 is it for you not windows 8 ,,
you you can steal designs like you did in the old days ,, but now when the internet is open everybardy will know the you have stolen the design and just swicth the back botton to the othere side
Hope you all well , iy will tap into you tank of dollars like you neven now
i love concept for windows 8 this it very easy to used it.
I love windows 8 , and i love microsoft :p
Windows- 8 Love to see it again. I am eager to install on my pc - http://www.bankinfoonline.com/
I was wrong about the SkyDrive app, you can actually share links to files to Facebook, but only links. It doesn't post the picture to Facebook. I want to be able to select a picture, or pictures in the Photos app, click Share in the Charm Menu, see Facebook. Choose a Caption and Album for the photos and move on. Like Live Photo Gallery. I don't think I should have to go to the Desktop Photo Gallery app for something like that. Editing and Manipulating Photos, yes... Sharing them easily, No.
Way too many steps, to do something as simple as share a photo.
Additionally, if the photo is in a non-public photo anyone without a Windows Live account won't be able to view the photo on Skydrive anyways...
To add to the intuitiveness, you have to share from SkyDrive to People, not Facebook. That isn't even close to obvious...
Urgent Complaint --
I've been a long time windows user, ever since Windows 95. Over the years I was forced to switch over to MacOSX due to college but I always gone out of my way to have the comfort of windows via installing virtual machine. Recently I graduated from college and Now I'm looking for job, I have a really important interview coming this Tuesday and I've been waiting for it for months. Though I have a problem, I upgraded from Windows 7 to 8 yesterday and requested for my data, settings and such to be saved and after I left the installation unattended. I came back after dinner and saw everything on my on my hard drive was wiped. I didn't panic because I knew a little something about data recovery but it took away 13 hours of my time that I needed for other important things. Now that I have my data back, its completely disarranged. I'm very upset because 4 years of my best work was nearly lost but I will continue using windows; though my windows experience just took an extremely negative turn.
Anyways, I purchased two copies for my Desktop and MacBook Pro and convinced a few members of my family and friends to buy a copy too. Since my drive was wiped, I've asked my friends and family to not to install Windows 8 yet until this issue is addressed. As a very loyal customer, I would appreciate if someone from the windows team would address this issue and contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) back.
Well the day after release.
I upgraded day of release. Look. I actually like the new start screen more than I thought I would. Love it actually. I feel like I have all the functionality of my Android Phone/WP 7.5/whatever in addition to all the power of Windows. I use a Notebook now instead of a desktop, and it's decently portable so this is an empowering feeling. Being able to log in with Microsoft account and have everything sync is nice. Live Tiles are nice, however, there are issues with the Metro apps that I just cannot shake. I'm really struggling with some of them.
1. The Messaging Hub:
The Message Delivery Issues and Notification Issues have been there since Windows Phone was released. I have Facebook for Android installed on my Smartphone and I have no clue where the Notifications will show up. Sometimes on my Notebook, sometimes on my Phone, sometimes on both. Oftentimes the messages don't even show up until I open the Hub. On a PC the connection should be fast as hell, since battery concerns are a bit lower (yes, it's a Notebook, but it's plugged in 90% of the time).
Secondly, cannot send even Pictures from Message Hub. Need at least that.
Thirdly, you cannot change the color of the Message Bubbles, or any of the accent colors in the Hub. It should use the color that you chose for the user interface (Lighter Blue on Darker Blue for me), but I am bombarded with PURPLE EVERYWHERE. I cannot STAND that color. Is it really that hard to simply give us a toggle to use Accent colors we chose when we installed the OS in those stock Hub/Metro Applications.
Right now a User is better off disabling Messenger Hub and simply downloading and installing Windows Live Messenger.
2. Mail App. Cannot set up IMAP or POP3 Email accounts last I checked. It uses an ActiveSync connection last I checked, but my smartphone on the same WiFi connection is consistently faster than the PC. It's still fast enough, but I'm wondering why. A lot of functionality is not exposed in the menus. Needs a bit more in there...
3. People/Contacts: It was a while before I found out how to get to my contacts list, to the point that I thought one didn't even exist. Should be a button there under your contact picture on the first pane to go there. Really, this is fundamental design failure, IMO.
Cannot post pictures to Facebook or Twitter, nevermind Video to Facebook.
Too many clicks/movement just to get to the contact list, and the contact list itself waste way too much screen real estate.
4. Calendar. User interface is beyond poor and you cannot set recurrent appointments across specific data. For example if I want an appointment to occur at a certain time on Tue/Wed/Thurs then I either have to use Windows Live Mail (from Essentials, the Desktop App), or go to Windows Live Calendar on the web and set it myself. And like I said, the user interface needshelp.
5. Photos: Bad font choice, IMO. Cannot share Images or Video to Facebook or Twitter, from the Photos app. You're better off just using Photo Gallery and Movie Maker.
Basically. A lot of the hype I personally had over Metro was the fact that Microsoft was actually doing what they failed to do in the last version of Vista that shipped with all this functionality baked into the OS - Vista came with all these apps but none of them were tied to Microsoft's services.
In the end, they're there, but they are so poorly integrated and disconnected from the other services built into the OS that it isn't even worth using them over the Windows Live Essentials Desktop Application.
You can share Pictures to SkyDrive, but from the SkyDrive Hub you STILL cannot share that Picture to Facebook or Twitter. It's an endless cycle of frustration.
Which makes me think, would I really want to have to deal with that on a TABLET PC which cannot run the Desktop version of Microsoft's app suite (Live Essentials)? In my opinion, "HELL NO!"
Part of the reason I initially got into Windows Phone and part of the reason why I upgraded so early to Windows 8 was to make my life easier, and in the end it turns out that it didn't really change the way I did anything. It just added one more step (open desktop) to the equation. In any case, the performance increase was worth it, but while the new Start screen looks nice and does offer a decent integration of mobile to a desktop OS the stock apps fall way short of the mark and are in need of desperate attention.
It's just too bad Microsoft abandoned the attendees of the last year's Build conference. We got a shiny Series 7 Samsung tablet PC running Windows 8 Developer Preview, but no RTM upgrade path...
@Anbarasu - You should visit our support forums with your issue as someone there will likely be able to provide you with assistance: http://answers.microsoft.com/
Not upgrading. AMD has no E-Series Drivers for any version of Windows 8 on their webpage, so I'm already over the excitement and will continue with Windows 7 for the foreseeable future, and probably get a Mac when it's released. If your OEMs can't properly support products that were promised discounted upgrades to Windows 8 on release, I have no faith in it. Certainly not going to run any OS on my laptop with crappy display drivers.
Those looking for a detailed installation guide, can find one here: www.7tutorials.com/how-make-clean-installation-windows-8
@Tami Reller, I am from India and i could not buy Windows 8 online. The Upgrade Assistant is saying that option to buy online is not available for my country.Is there any solution?
Central Time, U.S......still have three hours to wait!!!! Argh!
Great Windows 8 I acan't wait to Use it and test it
@Tami Reller, thank you so much for the insights.
Its often hard to find which devices are certified by Microsoft labs. So like Windows Phone, would you guys create a showcase for Windows 8 tabs, laps, PCs and desktop at windows.com/devices devices.windows.com Thanks (: