Microsoft unveils Windows 8

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Microsoft unveils Windows 8

Microsoft said its ‘Reimagined’ Windows 8 would be launched on Friday in 37 languages and 140 worldwide markets, as the tech giant unveiled the new version of its computer operating system.

“We have reimagined Windows and the result is a stunning lineup of new PCs,” said Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer on Thursday while announcing the new system of Windows designed to help the transition to growing mobile Internet use.

“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.’’

Microsoft also launched Windows RT, designed for tablets and available pre – installed on new devices including its own Surface tablet, which also goes on sale Friday.

Microsoft reported that pre – sales of Windows 8 have outstripped those of its predecessor by 40 per cent.

The software giant gambled by changing long – familiar user interface features to make Windows 8 compatible with trends toward keeping programs and data in the Internet “cloud” and relying on mobile gadgets at work and at home.

Microsoft Windows 8 available in 100 cities in India

PTI reports from New Delhi

Windows 8 is designed to work across PCs, tablets as well as smartphones. It can be controlled using touch (with tablets) and with mouse and keyboard ( desktops ).

The latest operating system comes with a new start screen and adds more colours.

The old start menu is replaced by tiles which showcase users’ content that can be updated in real time.

“This is one of the biggest launches for us. This is the beginning of new era of computing. Windows 8 is designed to work across form factors and platforms ( such as tablets ),” Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik told reporters here.

Microsoft has partnered 14 manufacturers, including Dell, Lenovo, HP, HCL, Acer, Asus, who together would put on sale 250 devices running on the latest Windows OS. These devices would be available in 2,500 stores in over 100 cities across the country.

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