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Windows 8 Comes to India

Added on Oct 29, 2012 by ChannelWorld Team

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 8 for its customers in India and around the world. Consumers and businesses worldwide will now be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer: A beautiful new UI and a wide range of apps with the opening of the Windows Store, available on a variety of Windows 8-certified PCs and tablets.

Windows 8 PCs and tablets will be available in India from 14 OEM partners: Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HCL, Hewlett Packard, Lenovo, RP Infosystems, Sai Info System, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, Wipro, and Zenith Computers on a variety of form factors—from tablets and hybrids to laptops and ultrabooks, on both touch and non-touch devices. In India, over 250 Windows 8-enabled devices, including 23 completely new SKUs of Windows 8 PCs are available across 100 cities and more than 2500 retail stores.

“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a re-imagined Windows to the world,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, chairman, Microsoft India. “Whether you want a tablet or a PC, whether you want to consume or create, whether you want to work or play—Windows 8 delivers a personalized experience that fits your unique style and needs,” he said.

Windows 8 comes with a new start screen and tiles that brim with content, and update in real-time. Windows 8 is natively cloud-connected, and users only need to sign in once with their Microsoft account to ensure that mails, calendars, contact, pictures, and other data are seamlessly synced across multiple devices. Further, Windows 8 comes with Internet Explorer 10 that is touch-ready and delivers a full screen browsing experience.

Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For business customers who have signed up for software assurance, Windows 8 Enterprise offers new features such as Windows To Go, DirectAccess, and BranchCache, as well as enhanced end-to-end security with features including BitLocker and AppLocker. Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets, Windows RT, which will be available pre-installed on new devices.

In India, the Windows Store offers a range of free and paid apps for downloads including Bharat Matrimony, BigFlix, BookMyShow, Bookyourtable, Burrp, Dhingana, Fastrack Tees, Flyte MP3, Gaana, Goibibo, Hindustan Times, ICICI Bank iMobile, ICICIDirect, JustEat, MakeMyTrip Explore, MapmyIndia, my airtel, NDTV Play, PVR Cinemas, Tarla Dalal, The Times of India, Yahoo Cricket, and Zovi, among many others.

In addition to the range of new devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. From 2nd June 2012 until 31st January 2013, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of Rs. 1,999. And Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of Rs. 699 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.