Today is a pretty big day for Microsoft. Thats mainly due Windows 8 finally launching to the public today. Windows is a pretty big deal in the computing world, and a new version is always an opportunity to shake things up. With all the changes that have been going on lately with new form-factors and paradigms of computing (whether its smartphones, tablets, all-in-one PCs, ultrabooks, and odd hybrid machines) Windows 8 looks to take advantage of all that variety while allowing for a unified and consistent user experience without compromise. There are a lot of familiar elements to Windows 8, and a lot of changes.
“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a reimagined Windows to the world,” said Max Long, President, Microsoft Canada Inc.. “Whether you want a tablet or a PC, whether you want to consume or create, whether you want to work or play – Windows 8 delivers a personalized experience that fits your unique style and needs.”
There are two primary versions of Windows 8 available for purchase by consumers. Theres Windows 8, but also Windows 8 Pro. Technically Microsoft also has Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows RT in the family but you probably don’t need to worry about those. The main thing to keep in mind is that Windows 8 will be good for most users, while Windows 8 Pro is targeted more towards enthusiast and business level users with more demands. On top of everything the regular version of Windows 8 offers, the Pro version adds a Remote Desktop server, encryption, domain, group policy, and windows media center. There are a bunch of small differences beyond that but really if you can’t decide which to pick up you’ll probably be fine with the regular version. You should only consider the Pro version if you know you have a use for Remote Desktop or those other additional features. Most users don’t.
This looks to be a pretty big launch and there are a lot of new features that we’ll be discussing here over the coming months. I’ve been using various versions of Windows 8 for months now and I’m pretty excited to upgrade to the final retail version now that its available in stores. Early adopters are already starting to line up to get their hands on it, and systems with Windows 8 pre-installed are already coming available on shelves. If you’ve bought a new windows 7 computer recently, or end up picking one up in the near future, you may also be elligible for a substantially discounted upgrade to Windows 8 at windowsupgradeoffer.com too, so what are you waiting for?
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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