Microsoft Announces Global Availability of Windows 8 [Video]

Posted October 27, 2012 at 4:28am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 12467 views

Microsoft has announced the global availability of Windows 8.

Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store. As a result of close work with hardware partners, more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets, including Microsoft Surface, will be available for the launch of Windows 8 — making it the best lineup of PCs ever across the Windows 8 and Windows RT ecosystem.

“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 will be available for download to upgrade existing PCs in more than 140 markets and 37 languages at beginning at 12:01 a.m. local time and at retail locations around the world. At retail, Windows 8 will be available in two primary versions — Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro — as well as Windows 8 Enterprise for large organizations. Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family — Windows RT — designed for ARM-based tablets and available pre-installed on new devices. In addition to Microsoft Office 2013, Windows RT is designed exclusively for apps in the new Windows Store. Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and content they care most about. It also features an entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive.

Windows 8 can be purchased in a variety of ways from the world’s leading retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy and Staples in the U.S., Casas Bahia in Brazil, Future Shop and Staples in Canada, Suning in China, Media Markt across Europe, FNAC in France, Yamada in Japan, Telmex in Mexico, Dixons in the U.K., and many more, which will feature a variety of offers for customers looking for great deals on Windows 8 PCs, devices and software. Consumers can go to to learn about the large array of Windows 8 devices available and find the one that best fits their needs. More information on the great offers around the world is available at

In addition to the range of new Windows-based devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. 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

Take a look at the launch promo video below...

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angkung - October 29, 2012 at 4:51am
IClarified have a lot of apple news and apple's user; So this may disadvantage for win8. however I've use both I got Macmini, ASUS G53SX, and FOXCONN PC, all has got both apple and win ware. I like both, it has their own unique style and programme. If I open win8 I forgot about Mac, When I open Mac, I forgot about WIn8. Both new 10.8.2 and win8, new experience. I dont like win8 bootloader since it take over the memory before restart.
Lumia1000 - October 28, 2012 at 10:44pm
Ill stay with my IOS 6.... Because Im a SHEEP... Im an IDIOT... I wiill defend APPLE till death... Brainwashed like a suicide bomber.
Elizabeth - October 28, 2012 at 3:32am
I am running windows 8 on my imac virtually via parallels 8 and I love it !! I don't use IE and immediately loaded chrome and all is great ,,, at a cost of $39 ,,, windows interface is really cool ,,, all my programs are running smoothly as well,,, :D
Simon - October 27, 2012 at 2:37pm
I'm not impressed with windows 8 at all. It's very slow and buggy. When you launch IE from the start screen it opens Ie in a shell and web pages load very slow. When you open IE from desktop it looks normal and loads pages much faster. Epic fail on microsofts part. Windows 8 is te next windows ME.
Detour - October 28, 2012 at 8:08am
Whoa slow down here. Anyone can complain about cretain things. No where in his word showing that hes an Apple fan anyway. But yeah this plainly shows what happen if u mess with windows users. Windows os is whole different level for apple fans to bash on compare to android lol
Simon - October 28, 2012 at 1:59pm
The pc in question is a brand new laptop that came with windows 8 you morons. I also have it installed on my 3.2gig i7 PCM with 32gigs of ram and raid 0 HS's. still leggy and slow. And I did a fresh install. I'm switching back to windows 7! Microsoft can shove win8 up their collective asses.
Detour - October 29, 2012 at 1:34pm
3.2GHz, meaning having a stock clock speed. Which you doubtfully will be using the good timing rams. (who the fuck uses 32gb rams with 3.2Ghz cpu?? I call this bullshit lol) also seeing from words you choose(pcm, hs, leggy), all i can think of is you have no knowledge in computings but acting like you know jack shit. And you want to comment on new os about their stability? Ask yourself if its not you whos making the system perform shitty.
Moron police - October 27, 2012 at 1:26pm
Thank god I sold my Ipad 3 on eBay, can't wait for this amazing event! Oh, this for windows?...............
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