It’s almost here: the highly heralded Windows 8 operating system (OS) by Microsoft. In two weeks on Friday, October 26, 2012, Canadians awaiting the release of the latest Windows OS will rejoice when it becomes available for sale in-store and online at Future Shop. To get even a step closer and guarantee a copy of Windows 8 on launch day, customers can pre-order their copy beginning today via Futureshop.ca.
Windows 8 offers customers a fast and fluid experience that comes to life with exciting hardware and exclusive apps via the Windows Store, a touch-first browser with Internet Explorer 10 and interoperability with the cloud. Check out the minute long video below – downloading apps, browsing the web to streaming music and videos, and so much more, with Windows 8.
Hardware with Windows 8 coming to Future Shop this fall:
There’s a lot of exciting hardware loaded with Windows 8 coming this fall. Here are a few to drool over, with expected launch dates and available for pre-order now:
HP envy 4 touchsmart ultrabook – October 26
Take a slim and powerful Ultrabook, add the intuitive power of touch, and you've got the amazing HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4. It has the power and speed you'd expect from a high-end Ultrabook - with a 3rd gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 500GB hard drive with 32GB SSD cache - but it's also enhanced with a touchscreen display that lets you get even more out of Windows 8.
Samsung 13.3” Series 9 ultrabook – October 26
Combining both substance and style, this Samsung Series 9 ultrabook boasts a head turning sand-blasted aluminum casing that housing a list of impressive specifications that include an Intel Core i5 processor, high resolution LED display, SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity, and all the latest wireless technology.
HP Envy Touchscreen all-in-one computer – Likely releases end of October
Get your hands on the powerful and intuitive HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart All-in-one PC, which is optimized for Windows 8. It features a Full HD 1080p 23" touchscreen display, powerful 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, and an enormous 2TB hard drive, so it can take care of all your daily computing needs and then some. The touch-optimized interface makes it a pleasure to use.
Lenovo Yoga ultrabook – Likely November
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 redefines the concept of "flexibility" in mobile computers. This powerful Ultrabook features a multi-touch screen that can fold back 360 degrees, transforming from a laptop into a fully-featured tablet. In addition to the 3rd gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB solid state drive, it features Motion Control for access to basic functions with simple gestures.
ASUS RT tablet – Likely November
Possibly the most versatile tablet in the world, the Asus Vivo Tab RT comes complete with premium features that include a 10.1" Super IPS display with Corning Fit Glass, NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce graphics that work together with the Microsoft Windows 8 RT OS giving you the power you need to be productive with style.
With the arrival of Windows 8 near the end of this month, the future of computing for PCs, laptops, tablets and phones is finally here. Pre-order Windows 8 or learn more through Futureshop.ca/Windows8.
Windows 8 is a complete re-design of the world's most popular operating system, making it even more efficient and fun to use than ever before. The Start screen is a personalized home for the stuff you use most and you can organize it however you like. Your favourite online services are fully integrated and the new interface is touch-optimized but works great with mouse and keyboard.
Windows 8 is a complete re-design of the world's most popular operating system, making it even more efficient and fun to use than ever before. It's optimized for touchscreens but also works great with a mouse/trackpad and keyboard. The Windows 8 Pro Pack includes all of the features of Windows 8 Pro and adds the extra functionality of Windows Media Centre.
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