Today Oct 25, 21012 marks Microsoft historic launch of its new operating system, Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Windows RT.

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Starting from midnight, users can purchase globally,  in more than 140 markets the new OS, new upgrade, new PC’s with new OS and tablets running Windows 8 and Windows RT including the company’s hardware.

“We have reimagined Windows and the result is a stunning lineup of new PCs,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Windows 8 brings together the best of the PC and the tablet. It works perfect for work and play and it is alive with your world. Every one of our customers will find a PC that they will absolutely love.”

Windows 8 also marks a complete update Windows products running X86 Intel based architecture. Redmond software giant introduces a touchscreen-controlled interface dubbed as modern UI featuring active Live tiles across all devices. Live tiles are acting as icon for apps and at the same time provide pertinent information, notification in real time.

The new OS lets users can also switch into a more familiar and traditional look called Desktop mode.

The Windows 8 sibling OS, designed for ARM-based devices, called Windows RT will come pre-installed  on the hardware and only allows its users to install third-party software from Microsoft’s app Windows Store.

Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 are qualified to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of US$39.99. And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and Jan. 31, 2013, in more than 140 markets can download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of US$14.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.

[Source Microsoft]

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