On Thursday, Microsoft the software giant took the wraps off the Windows 8 operating system at the Surface Reception event. The latest version of the OS is now available for sale and the hardware partners of Microsoft have already started releasing their devices for sale across the global markets.
Consumers in India looking to switch to Microsoft's latest OS might be having a lot of questions in mind regarding the Windows 8 OS, its new features, how to get the new OS and many more. Hence, Gizbot has come up with a detailed article that will answer most of these queries. If you have some on mind, you have landed on the right place.
What are the different versions of Windows 8?
Basically, Microsoft has released four versions of the new Windows operating system namely Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT and Windows 8 Enterprise.
However, mainly for consumers – Windows 8 and Windows RT are the required versions running on different chips. Windows 8 will be running programs written for older versions of Windows. However, Windows RT will have no support for the same, but it will be limited to applications specifically written for it and available through Microsoft's store including a free version of Microsoft Office.
Which one should I get?
Windows 8 will not be available for purchase until February 2, 2013, however, consumers who like to upgrade the existing computer with Windows 8 can choose the Windows 8 Pro OS.
Suitable to complement home desktop or notebook PCs, Windows 8 will run on devices based on Intel and AMD processors. While the Pro version with encryption and group account features is for professional users, the Windows 8 is a basic version.
There is another version - Windows 8 Enterprise meant for those who are looking for volume licensing and it has several features that are need for system administrators in companies.
Windows RT is based on low energy ARM processors that are used on smartphones, tablets and laptop-tablet hybrids.
How to upgrade?
There are three options to upgrade the existing device with the latest Windows OS.
If the computer is purchased in the time frame between June 2, 2012 to January 31, 2013, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro by paying Rs 699.
If you use Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 based computer, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro by paying Rs 1,999.
It is to be noted that these are the options available for those willing to download the OS from the official Microsoft website. If you need the OS DVD, you need to buy it by paying Rs 4,000 and this offer price is only till January 31, 2013, after which it will be priced at Rs 11,000.
What are the new devices that come with Windows 8?
If you want to buy a new computer, there are already a large number of touchscreen options pre-loaded with Windows 8 from major manufacturers including Samsung, Sony, Dell, HP, Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Lenovo and more. There are ultrabooks, tablets, hybrids, all-in-one PCs and desktops at all prices points. Click here to check the Indian pricing of these devices.
What are the new features?
Windows 8 has many new features, as compared to the older versions of the OS including the new Start menu, innovative tiles feature, new system wide search, picture password, gesture support, lock screen, support to Windows Store, new task manager, in-built anti-virus with Windows Defender and more. Above all these features, the new Windows 8 OS is quite faster and smoother as compared to Windows 7.
How do I place my order for Windows 8?
For placing a order the buyer would need to register on the Window 8 website. Shortly after successful registration, you will receive an email with a unique promotion code, instructions for ordering, and a link to the ordering website. You will need to follow the instructions provided to you to obtain your copy of Windows 8 Pro at a promotional price. Note that you will need to have the computer you want to upgrade connected to the internet, as well as your promotion code and payment information to be able to place your upgrade order. You’ll also need to run the Windows Upgrade Assistant on the PC you want to upgrade.
Please Note: You must make your qualifying Windows 7 PC purchase prior to January 31, 2013; you must register for the program and subsequently purchase and download the Windows 8 upgrade by February 28, 2013.
For any other information, related to the new OS you can also visit the Windows 8 official FAQs page to solve your queries.