Windows 8 is coming!

Windows8 DVDsThe latest version of Windows will be available on new computers sold in stores on Friday, October 26th and customers wanting to upgrade from Windows 7 will also be able to do this from then. If you bought a PC preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate on or after June 2nd this year, Microsoft has announced that you just need to register to buy it for around $15. Go to windowsupgradeoffer.com and register.

Seems a very good deal, but should you do this? Yes, certainly and even if you decide to hold off for now on upgrading your computer, you’ll still have it ready. According to Microsoft (see the quote below), you don’t even have to install it on the same eligible PC – it can be installed on any computer that is capable of running it.

“Each upgrade license will apply to only one PC and may only be installed on PCs with a valid base license to a qualifying operating system (i.e., Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista or Windows 7).

While the offer will be limited to eligible customers who purchase a qualified PC, the upgrade may be installed on any compatible Windows-based PC with a qualifying operating system. Visit windows.com for information on Windows 8 minimum requirements. Customers should visit their PC manufacturer’s website for more information on how to upgrade their PC to Windows 8, including updated software and drivers.”

Microsoft Surface TabletWindows Surface tablets will also be released the same day, starting at $559 (without the cool built-in keyboard cover which adds $140) and going up to $779, with pre-orders available now through the online Microsoft Store. Be aware though, that these will running Windows 8 RTwhich is not the same as Windows 8 on standard computers and notebooks! Later, more expensive, Surface tablets will be available later that will run the full version of Windows 8.

Windows 8 RT tablets will come bundled with Microsoft Office 2013 RT Preview – that includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote – though, which means users will at least be able to write, edit and share Office documents straight out of the box. Note, that the ‘preview’ name means that it will actually be a ‘Beta’ product but Microsoft state that users will automatically get the final version for free once it has been released. More details about Office RT Preview are here.

There’s lots more to tell about Windows 8, so call back soon for more!

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