It’s been over 3 months for the launch of Windows 8.Initially Microsoft had some lucrative offers going on eying the mega launch of their new operating system.
There were two upgrade offers,one with a price tag of $14.99 for those who have bought their Windows 7 based PCs starting from June 2nd 2012 could avail this upgrade offer to Windows 8 Pro and the existing (those who have bought their windows based system before 2nd June )Windows 7 ,XP and Vista users could avail the $39.99 upgrade offer.
This offer is about to expire on 31st January(3 days from now). so if you haven’t yet upgraded your PC with Windows 8 Pro this is the right time to do it,because from February 1 the Windows 8 upgrade will cost your pocket $119 while the Windows 8 Pro upgrade would cost you $199 !
So head over to Windows Upgrade Offer website and get your Windows 8 Pro license right now?
Microsoft launched the Surface RT based tablet last month along with the release of Windows 8.The RT version was running Windows RT operating system tailored for ARM based devices.
The Intel based version of Surface i.e the Surface Pro which we already know is slated for release in January 2013 has just got the official price tag.The 64GB version of Surface Pro(Standalone) would cost you $899 while the 128GB version would cost you around one grand!($999). The device will be powered by the Intel core i5 processor.This pricing does not include the Touch Cover so those who want to opt for that would have to spend a few bucks more for their touch/type cover.
Surface Pro will support Pen Input,it would sport a Full HD resolution Display with 16:9 aspect ratio.The device also features a USB 3.0 port.while its Mini DisplayPort can drive an external display up to 2560X1440 resolution.
One of the most important things about the Surface Pro is that,unlike its smaller brother the Pro version would support all the legacy apps (so you can run your Windows 7 apps on Surface).
The initial response for the RT version of surface has been good,with some of the stores going out of stock from a few hours of its launch.So we can expect a similar trend with the Surface Pro release.
Source[Official Microsoft Blog]
A couple of days ago,i purchased the upgrade of Windows 8 Pro and installed the operating system on a separate partition(dual boot setup with Windows 7),but while installing Windows 8 Pro on my laptop,the activation dialogue didn’t appear in the process.
In order to personalize the PC Windows activation is a must,so that we can personalize the start Screen and the lock screen of Windows 8.
So i stumbled across Nice tutorial on Windows 7 Hacker, here’s how to Activate your copy of Windows 8 Using Product Key,
1. Go to the Start Scren and Search for CMD(command prompt),and check Run as Administrator
2. Type slui 3 in the command prompt and hit Enter
3.Windows Activation Window will open up,Enter your Windows 8 Product Key in the text box
4.Thats it,after clicking Activate,you will get this final Window after the activation is complete
Now you can personalize your Windows Start Screen and other stuff.If you haven’t yet purchased the upgrade cheeckout how you can get your Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $14.99.
If you have been waiting for grabbing the first license copy of Windows 8 before the public launch and you live in Germany,then you can get the official copy shipped before the public launch.
As reported earlier by a Germany based website WPArea.de,who found out a bunch of sites who are offering immediate shipping of Windows 8 Operating System.
Here are the sites who have Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro editions ready for shipping,
So if you are itching to buy the Windows 8 operating system and can’t wait for the public release,you can try your luck,before the online store runs out of stock.
Panasonic has recently revealed their upcoming version of Windows 8 devices with their AX series of notebook+tablet hybrid devices.These devices will hit the stores along with the public release of Windows 8 on October 26th and will be initially available for consumers in Japan.
The Foldable Hybrid devices will feature a 11.6″ display With 1366×768 resolution,sports two USB 3.0 ports along with HDMI,Ethernet Jack,SD Card reader,the keyboard is Similar to the one’s found in business laptops these days.
The device will be available in 3 variants, with 1.7Ghz or 1.8Ghz based i5 processor or a 1.9Ghz based core i7 processor.Though other specifications like 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD are common for all the variants.
While the faster version of i5 and i7 based devices will be bundled with extra cells and the top end hybrid will also sport a projector for business use.Though the pricing is not available at the moment,but since it will release by the public release which is almost 3 weeks away from now,we can expect a word on that sooner rather than later.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been hearing about various rumors about the pricing details of upcoming Windows 8 and Windows RT based tablets from various manufacturers like Acer and Asus.
This time around WPCentral,has got hold of the pricing details of Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 directly from the company.The tablet powered by Windows 8 Pro edition will cost $799 which includes a keyboard dock and a full license copy of Office 2013.Thinkpad Tablet 2 will feature an 10.1″ display with 1366×768 resolution!to go with a pair of 2 and 8 megapixel cameras,LTE,NFC and USB ports.The device is said to have a 10 hour battery life.
After this price reveal it would be interesting to see the Windows RT offerings from the manufacturers which are expected to be lower than the pricing of its Windows 8 counterparts.
It’s been quite a buzzing week as far as the Windows 8 goes,last week we saw the Windows 8 hit RTM along with the ARM version i.e Windows RT being released for the OEM’s.
As we inch closer to the public release of Windows 8 scheduled for October 26th launch,the hardware partners are also revealing their Windows 8 offerings for the launch.The latest one comes from Lenovo,who recently announced their first Windows 8 based tablet named ThinkPad Tablet 2.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 features a new generation Intel Atom based processor,sports a 10.1″ display (IPS Panel) with the resolution of 1,366 x 768.The tablet said to have 10 hours of battery life ,it also sport the connectivity features like optional 3G / 4G, while the standard model would feature WiFi connectivity ,a mini HDMI port,NFC,Finger print reader and digital pen and a pair of 2MP / 8MP cameras to go with it.The tablet weighs in at a little over 1 pound(1.3 pounds to be precise) and with a thickness of 9.8mm.
The add on optional accessories which will be sold along with the tablet includes a keyboard and a dock with three USB ports, HDMI-out and an Ethernet jack.
The pricing details are not known at this moment,but Lenovo has hinted the launch dates for the ThinkPad Tablet 2 to be on the similar time frame of the Windows 8 general availability in October.
Last week Microsoft Released Windows 8 to Manufacturers,with the public release slated for October 26th 2012.Microsoft is gearing up for the big release and so are we,bringing every news about the upcoming operating system from the software giant.
The latest one comes from TheVerge,who managed to get hold of the images of the retail boxed version of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro version of the operating system.While the Windows 8 SKU will feature a Windows 8 Style UI logo with a white colored box,the Windows 8 Pro SKU version will have the same logo with a black colored box.While the ARM version of Windows i.e Windows RT will not be available as a retail package but will be pre installed in the ARM based hardware devices.
Though the announcement about the Retail pricing of Windows 8 is yet to be made public.As of now we only got the pricing details of the upgrade plans which stands at $39.99 for Windows 8 Pro upgrades from XP,Vista and Windows 7 until 31st January 2013.As we inch closer to the official release we can expect a word on the Retail pricing from Microsoft in coming weeks.
Over the past couple of days the blogosphere was buzzing with the speculations of the much anticipated and mysterious Microsoft event which was to be held on Monday.
We reported last week that Microsoft is planning to debut their first manufactured tablet and that’s what pretty much happened at the event yesterday.
The Surface Tablet will be released in two flavors,The usual x86 based Intel Processor will feature Windows 8 Pro version and the ARM version which will sport a processor made by Nvidia.
As you can see from the image above which compares the two versions of the surface tablet,while the ARM version will be on a lighter and slimmer side with 676 g and 9.3mm thick the Intel based surface will be 903 g with 13.5mm thickness.
Talking about the screen size,both will feature a 10.6″ Clear Type Display,while the ARM version will be HD ready,the Intel version will sport a Full HD resolution.Storage capacity for the ARM version will be 32GB and 64GB and for Intel version it will be 64GB and 128GB.The surface tablets will feature a kickstand as well as a cover will be released which will also feature a touch based keyboard and will connect to the tablet with magnetic connector,making it the smart cover alternative of the iPad.
The Windows RT version of Surface will be available along with the release of Windows 8 while people who are interested in buying the x86 version would have to wait for another 3 months after the public release of Windows 8 final version.
Pricing details will be announced closer to availability and they will be competitively priced taking into consideration the pricing for existing tablets in the market.
Checkout the Official Press Release
Yesterday we reported about the Windows 8 Upgrade offer which starts from today.As per the offer whoever buy the Windows 7 PC starting from today i.e from June 2nd 2012 to 31st Jan 2013,can avail the 14.99$ upgrade offer for Windows 8 Pro.
After the Release Preview release yesterday,microsoft has revealed some more details on the upgrade offers.The offer is available for those who buy Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate versions of Windows 7,but those who buy the Windows 7 Starter Edition will not get this offer for Windows 8 Pro upgrade.Moreover those who want to use the Windows Media Center would have to buy it separately along with the Windows 8 Pro.
The upgrade comes with 90 days of no-charge support from Microsoft.It will primarily be available as a digital format(downloadable copy)and those who would like to own a physical copy of it would have to pay an additional cost.Some other limitations of the upgrade includes a limit of 5 upgrade offers per person,which includes student,enthusiasts and home users.
As we have already mentioned Microsoft will reveal more details on the upgrade offers for the users who already have a Windows 7 PC i.e.before the start of this offer.Stay tune for more information on that and other Windows 8 scoop.
For more FAQ’s on Windows 8 Upgrade offer checkout the official page.