Windows 8 Has Finally Launched!

Windows 8 Launch

Hey there Microsoft fans, Windows 8 has officially launched. Today is the birthday of Windows 8 and to a lesser extent but equal as interesting, Surface. Windows 8 can now be purchased in retail packaging for $69.99 or a short $39.99 for the downloadable version from the Windows website. For those wondering how the online installation is, well all I can say is that it is very simple. Steve Ballmer was even quoted saying that it was as simple as 11 mouse clicks. It really was that simple in our update test.

Along with the release of Windows 8 came the swarm of Windows 8 devices. We have highlighted a few computers that we thought were interesting. Most Windows 8 devices are to be a “No compromise experience”. Basically if you want a fun entertainment device or a full on work machine, Windows 8 will deliver and the form factors it comes in are no joke. Windows 8 will put a touch friendly environment for users while keeping up with its past Windows 7 predecessor in utilizing older software. Yup Windows 8 Pro can use your older Windows 7 programs and if you are worried about what version to get in order to have legacy support for older programs don’t worry, most machines in the market as of now are Windows 8 pro devices. Just remember Windows 8 Pro has the ability to run Windows 7 programs and the new touch friendly ones and Windows RT only has support for the Touch focused apps and Microsoft Office. Office is all that some people need. Just tell the crowd that went to the Surface Launch event yesterday.

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The official release brought with it a noticeable improvements. One of those improvements was a speed boost. The whole OS seems a lot more smoother and faster(not counting first time app launch). Little touches have been added to the final build such as, new sounds for the notifications system, a new background selection, and a slight change to the color design within the OS. Nice little changes from the previews users have been testing for the last few months but not much of a difference.

Get Windows 8 at the Microsoft Store website.

Windows 8 Requirements

  • 1GHz or faster processor
  • 1GB RAM for 32-bit, 2GB RAM for 64-bit
  • 16GB available disk space for 32-bit, 20GB for 64-bit
  • 1366 x 768 screen resolution
  • A working internet connection
  • DirectX 9 compatible graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher drivers