Windows 8 Launch Event @ Lowyat Plaza Malaysia

It feels like just yesterday that Microsoft came out with it's groundbreaking Windows 7 operating system, and today Microsoft Malaysia unveiled its latest operating system Windows 8. Let the curtains open up, to the operating software designed for work and play across various device form factors. That means we can use it across desktop-based All-in-Ones, to laptops and ultrabooks, even the new hybrid and tablet models are supported. 

Windows 8 Launch Event @ Lowyat Plaza Malaysia

Windows 8 Launch Event 
Venue: Lowyat Plaza Malaysia
Date: 29th October 2012

The huge turnout at the Windows 8 Launch
The huge turnout at the Windows 8 Launch

The atmosphere of the centre court of Lowyat Plaza that afternoon was one filled with anticipation as the crowd came in droves to see for themselves what Windows 8 is all about. The highly anticipated touch-optimized operating system has garnered more than 16 million preview participants to date, with makes it like the most tested, reviewed and ready operating system in Microsoft's history. Imagine that, 1.24 billion hours of testing just to get it perfected for us, the end users! 

Ananth Lazarus, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia delivering his welcome speech
Ananth Lazarus, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia delivering his welcome speech

“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a re-imagined Windows to the world. Whether you want a tablet or a PC, whether you want to consume or create content, whether you want to work or play – Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise, immersive personalized experience that fits your unique style and needs.” said Ananth Lazarus, Managing Director of Microsoft Malaysia

And Windows 8 is officially launched in Malaysia!
And Windows 8 is officially launched in Malaysia!

So what makes Windows 8 so unique and special that everyone is clamoring to get their hands on it the moment it's launched? Well, for starters, one of the main features found in Windows 8 include their new Start screen which gives people a one-click access to the apps and content they care most about. Bundled in as well, is the latest Internet Explorer 10, perfectly designed for touch with a built-in cloud storage capabilities with Skydrive. 

A rather colourful version of Windows 8 start screen
A rather colourful version of Windows 8 start screen

The Live Tiles feature in Windows 8, meanwhile, provides seamless connectivity to multiple social applications thus delivering updated information at a glance without the hassle of attending to multiple applications simultaneously.

Danny Ong, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer (L), and Tenh Shiao Peng, Technologist Strategist - Enterprise & Partner Group (R) during the Windows 8 demonstration
Danny Ong, Chief Marketing & Operations Officer (L), and Tenh Shiao Peng, Technologist Strategist - Enterprise & Partner Group (R) during the Windows 8 demonstration

Together with the launch event, Windows 8 is immediately available to all consumers in Malaysia who will also have access to a whole range of new Windows 8 optimized PCs and tables. These include ultrabooks, tablets and hybrid devices from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. 

One happy Microsoft family at the Windows 8 Launch event
One happy Microsoft family at the Windows 8 Launch event

The official Malaysia launch over at Lowyat Plaza Malaysia is only the beginning as a whole series of roadshows will be going nationwide to promote Windows 8. Members of the public will have the chance to experience firsthand the new operating system and WIndows 8 devices. Check out the dates and venues below, don't miss out the chance to try Windows 8 out yourselves!

29 Oct – 4 Nov       : Kuala Lumpur – Lowyat
2 – 4 Nov                : Kuala Lumpur – Midvalley
2 – 4 Nov                : Penang – PISA
2 – 4 Nov                : Johor Bahru – Persada Johor
9 – 11 Nov              : Melaka – MITC
16 – 18 Nov            : Ipoh – Stadium Indera Mulia
30 Nov – 2 Dec      : Penang – PISA
30 Nov – 2 Dec      : Kuching – Borneo Convention
30 Nov – 2 Dec      : Kota Kinabalu – One Borneo
7 – 9 Dec                : Kuala Lumpur – KLCC
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Windows 8 is available to Malaysian consumers through three paths: 

1. Purchase of a new Windows 8 Device 

Consumers will enjoy Windows 8 which comes pre-installed through the stunning array of All-in-Ones; touch-optimized laptops and ultrabooks; and even new hybrid form factors such as convertibles and tablets, made available at all major retail outlets from partners such Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba (please refer to Appendix 1 for more details).

2.Windows Upgrade Offer for consumers purchasing a new Windows 7 PC

The Windows Upgrade Offer provides consumers who buy an eligible Windows 7 PC the option to purchase a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of just US$14.99 USD during the time of the promotion. This program is available for consumers buying new Windows 7 PCs that are preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate and include a matching and valid OEM Certificate of Authenticity. The Windows 7 PC must be purchased new during the eligibility period of 2 June 2012 to 31 January 2013 and redeemed before the program expiration at the end of February 2013. Consumers who register for the Windows Upgrade Offer will be able to download Windows 8 starting 26 October 2012. The upgrade can be installed on any eligible and compatible Windows PC and comes with 90 days of support from Microsoft.

3.Purchase of Windows 8 Pro upgrades

Consumers whose devices do not qualify for the Windows Upgrade Offer may opt to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro by purchasing a Windows 8 Pro Upgrade retail packaged product at participating outlets (see Appendix 2 for more details). Windows 8 Pro is available at a special retail price of RM229 (US$69.99) for a limited time only until 31 January 2013.  Thereafter, Windows 8 Pro will be available for an estimated retail price of RM885 (US$289.99). 






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4 comments :

  1. Oh dear! Have to upgrade again... Sighhhhh!!!!!

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  2. ...and things, obsolete and not compatible will get lost! Tsk! Tsk!

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  3. It's very different! Time to learn everything again! XD

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