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Windows 8: Main features, pricing in India & how you can get it

Windows 8: Main features, pricing in India & how you can get it
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Windows 8: Main features, pricing in India & how you can get it

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NEW YORK: Microsoft launched a radical redesign of its world-dominating Windows operating system, introducing a touch-enabled interface that attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and fast-growing mobile devices powered by the company's fiercest competitors.

The new Windows 8 represents an attempt to pull off a difficult balancing act as Microsoft maintains its highly profitable heritage in software while trying to get a foothold in the newer, more fertile field of mobile devices. Here are the main features of Windows 8:

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Microsoft Windows 8 operating system
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Microsoft Windows 8 operating system

Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is unveiled at a press conference on October 25, 2012 in New York City. (AFP)

Windows 8 comes with new controls. It marks the first time Microsoft has made touch-screen control the top priority, though the system can still be navigated with a keyboard and mouse in desktop mode.

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Screen filled with a colorful array of tiles
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Screen filled with a colorful array of tiles

It sports a new screen filled with a colorful array of tiles, each leading to a different application, task or collection of files. The new features allow you to search, share, change setting and more with a swipe or touch. ``In the case of Windows 8, seeing, touching, clicking and swiping is really believing,'' Ballmer said. He also predicted that PCs running on Windows 8 would be hailed as the best machines ever made.

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Windows 8 is now available in 140 countries
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Windows 8 is now available in 140 countries

With picture password, you can sign in by tracing a pattern on a picture of your choice instead of typing a password. Windows 8 is now available in 140 countries and 37 languages. To consumers it will be available in two versions: Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

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Designed for use on variety of machines
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Designed for use on variety of machines

Windows 8 attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and tablets. The software is designed for use on a variety of machines - desktop PCs, notebook computers and tablets, including Microsoft's new Surface tablet, the first computing device the company has manufactured after focusing almost exclusively on software for more than 30 years.

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System requirements for Windows 8
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System requirements for Windows 8

The system requirements for Windows 8 are fairly minimal: a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM / 20 GB available hard disk space, and a 1366×768 screen resolution display.

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Some Windows 8 PCs will be hybrids
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Some Windows 8 PCs will be hybrids

A person tries a Samsung tablet computer running Windows 8 at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York on Oct 25, 2012. (AP)

Some Windows 8 PCs will be hybrids that look like laptops, but also have detachable display screens containing a separate battery so they can work like tablets, too. Those devices will face direct competition from Microsoft's Surface. Over a thousand new PCs have been certified for use with Windows 8, said Sinofsky at the launch, with prices starting at $300.

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 Windows 8 store
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Windows 8 store

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Microsoft is also opening a Windows 8 store featuring applications built to run on the system. The store is similar to the apps stores of Apple and Google and will include many of the same services.

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How to get Windows 8
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How to get Windows 8

All computers running Genuine Windows 7 (Home basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate) that were purchased after June 2nd, can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just Rs 699. To avail the offer, users are required to register on www.windowsupgradeoffer.com before January 31st, 2013 and they would then get a redemption code to download and update to Window 8.

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Windows 8 pricing in India
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Windows 8 pricing in India

Microsoft Windows 8 operating system is unveiled at a press conference on October 25, 2012 in New York City. (AFP)

For devices that were bought before June 2012, users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro edition in two ways. The first method is by purchasing a Windows update DVD for Rs 3,999 from a store. The second method is to download the software from Microsoft's website for Rs 1,999. If you are looking to purchase a copy of Windows 8 Pro edition for installation on any other computer, it will set you back by Rs 11,999.

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