Posted on 26-Oct-2012 09:04.
Filed under: News
Microsoft's latest Windows operating system launched around the world, startting in New Zealand at midnight local time with new apps and range of hardware options.
Windows 8 has officially landed in New Zealand, now available for consumers and businesses worldwide. The software experience includes a new user interface, a wide range of apps (both local and international) with the opening of the Windows Store, all available on more than 1,000 Windows 8 certified PCs and tablets.
“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a reimagined Windows to the world,” says Paul Muckleston, Managing Director of Microsoft New Zealand.
“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 personalised experience that fits your unique style and needs.”
Windows 8 will be available for download to upgrade existing PCs in more than 140 markets and 37 languages, and at retail locations around the country. Windows 8 will be pre-installed on a wide variety of device styles from HP, Samsung, Toshiba, Acer, Sony, Dell, Lenovo and others, and available from more than 300 retail stores around the country, including Harvey Norman, JB HiFi, Dick Smith and Noel Leeming.
Exciting new apps will help bring Windows 8 to life, including a number that have been developed in New Zealand by Kiwi developers. New locally developed aps for Windows 8 include the Trade Me Toolbox, New Zealand Herald, SKY TV, ESPN CricInfo, 7Digital Music Store, Menu Mania, Flicks.co.nz, Chelsea Recipe Club and New Zealand Cricket.
Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail stores, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For business customers, Windows 8 Enterprise offers new possibilities in mobile productivity with features like Windows To Go, DirectAccess and BranchCache, as well as enhanced end-to-end security with features such as 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 tablet devices.
Windows 8 features the new Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and content, an entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive. Devices running Windows RT also include Office Home & Student 2013 RT Preview.
In addition to the range of new devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs. Through to the end of January 2013, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista or Windows 7 are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro online for NZ$49.99 or purchase from a participating retail outlet for an estimated retail price of NZ$89.99. The retail version comes on DVD, the online version is available as a download only.
Eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 in more than 140 countries can download Windows 8 Pro for NZ$19.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-NZ.