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Microsoft October 25 Windows 8 Launch Event: Drops Clues on Surface Pricing

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Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 14:14 [IST]
 
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Microsoft October 25 Windows 8 Launch Event: Drops Clues on Surface Pricing

While the technology world is keenly awaiting the arrival of Windows 8, Microsoft is busy planning a special event to commemorate the launch of its flagship operating system. The IT giant has already started rolling out invites for a Windows 8 celebration event on October 25 in New York City.

Windows 8 is expected to arrive with 300 new features. Upon its launch, Windows 8 will become the first edition of Windows to operate on ARM based tablets and conventional x86 PCs which are based on ARM processors from Intel and AMD. Windows 8 will also feature ‘Snap multitasking’ which is actually designed to make it comfortable to run two apps side by side. Windows 8 will also include two soft keyboards, one of which is an enhanced traditional keyboard and other one being a thumbs keyboard for those who prefer non-touch layout. 

Another notable feature of Windows 8 is its enhanced support for multiple monitors. Users will be able to extend the taskbar across 2 PCs without the assistance of any third party apps. Microsoft is expected to showcase all the new features of Windows 8 during the planned event on October 25. 

Reportedly, Microsoft refused to reveal any further details regarding the event like the location of the event and the time. It is expected that Microsoft will be showcasing computers, tablets and other devices that run Windows 8 at this special event. 

However, many analysts are predicting that since Microsoft also confirmed during the launch of its Surface tablets that the Redmond-based company will release their new colorful offering in the market the same day as Windows 8, hence Microsoft fans are expecting the company to reveal the pricing and availability of the tablets at the event. 

Numerous reports in the past have predicted that Surface will cost only $200, making it competitive with smaller 7-inch tablets including the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. But in a recent interview with The Seattle Times, Ballmer hinted at a more mid- to high-range price, possibly in line with iPad pricing. “I think most people would tell you that the iPad is not a super expensive device…. (When) people offer cheaper, they do less. They look less good, they’re chintzier, they’re cheaper,” Balmer said, adding, ”If you look at the bulk of the PC market, it would run between, say, probably $300 to about $700 or $800. That’s the sweet spot.”

Story first published:  Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 14:14 [IST]
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