Microsoft Reveals Pricing of Surface with Windows 8 Pro

For all those desperately waiting for Microsoft’s Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro, Thursday saw the tech major giving us a few more details about this new wonder. According to a post on the Microsoft website, the Windows 8 Pro Surface tablet will start at $899 for the 64 GB model, while the 128 GB model has been priced at $999. Oh, and it will come out in January 2013.

It’s priced right in the range of the ultra-portable notebooks, which makes this device aimed more at consumers looking for a lighter replacement to their PCs and laptops. All Windows 7 apps can run on the new OS, making this upcoming Surface a far more functional option than the existing range of tablets.

The new Surface will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and will feature a USB 3.0 port, a Mini Display port, as well as a microSD card slot. And all this in a package that would be less than 0.5 inches thick and weigh less than 2 pounds!

Microsoft also unveiled some statistics about their Windows 8 sales. Ever since its release, within the very first month, the company has sold 40 million licenses. The rate at which its sales have been picking up is much faster than what Microsoft experienced with Windows 7.… Read the rest

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Get Your Hands On Windows 8 For The Starting Price Of $ 69.99

9Windows 8-Pro up for pre-ordersPrior to the release of its latest Windows 8, Microsoft has opened up the pre-orders for the boxed version of its latest offering. Windows 8 Pro is now rolled out for pre-orders, starting at a price of $69.99 for the DVD pack in the US. Microsoft is slated to officially launch its Windows 8 on October 26th.

Also other PC makers such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung, and Sony, who have their latest Windows 8-based devices lined up for release, have also started taking pre-orders.

Users can order the DVD version of Windows 8 operating system from Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, and the Microsoft Store.

Available in several colors, the packaging of the version as per Brandon LeBlanc, spokesman, Microsoft is composed of paper-based materials, excluding the Windows 8 DVD. In his blog post, he said that with this the firm made a reduction of 80 percent in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption.

However, for those looking for the upgrade to Windows 8 with no boxed product can purchase the Windows 8 upgrade via Windows.com for $39.99. They are advised to rush a bit as the online and boxed upgrade options are available only until Jan. 31st, 2013.

Those who bought a Windows 7 PC since June 2, can get a Windows 8 upgrade for $14.99, starting Oct. 26th. Earlier this week, Microsoft also took out an update to features of Windows 8 prior to its final release.… Read the rest

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Prior To The Launch Of Windows 8, Microsoft Unveils A Major Update

Microsoft Windows 8 updateJust two weeks prior to the release of Windows 8, Microsoft on Tuesday uncovered a major update or operating system for developers and business users.

Along with several bug fixes, this updated service pack will offer improved performance, power management, battery efficiency, media playback and fixes general compatibility issues.

The update is available only for MSDN or enterprise customer, for others, it will come out on Oct. 26th with Windows 8. According to a blog post by Steve Sinofsky, Windows chief,  “If you are an MSDN or enterprise customer, these updates will be available for your Windows 8 PCs via Windows Update as of today (October 9), following our standard cadence for Windows Updates on the second Tuesday of each month at about 10:00am.”

Further talking about the availability of Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update, Steve said, “This cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. We recommend that you apply this cumulative update as part of your regular maintenance routines.”

He further added that these updates will be featured in Windows 8’s first service pack.

This latest update to Windows 8 OS comes shortly after Microsoft revamped its built-in applications. Microsoft rolled out update to include the Skydrive, mail, messaging, photos, maps, news, travel, weather and Bing apps.

Besides app updates, other notable changes include the replacement of traditional Points system for payments with direct payments. The change is currently only available on Zune Marketplace for movies and songs; but is expected to roll out for others app stores such as Xbox 360 marketplace.… Read the rest

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