Windows 8 was launched not too long ago in Malaysia, being the next 'must-have' software for most folks out there. I had the opportunity to catch the launch over at Lowyat Plaza (Windows 8 Launch Event @ Lowyat Plaza Malaysia) and subsequently was given a copy of Windows 8 Pro to try out courtesy of Nuffnang and Microsoft.
|The All-New Windows 8 Pro|
“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
|"Unboxing" of the package|
Inside the Windows 8 Pro package contained two DVDs, both for 32-bit or 64-bit platforms. Of course, the most important thing contained within was the legit Windows 8 Pro CD Key which enables one to register and successfully claim their Windows 8 Pro after installation.
|Personalize it with your name|
First off, it is good to note there are a few different versions of Windows 8 out there. We have the Windows 8 Basic, Windows 8 Pro, and the Windows 8 Enterprise, the difference being its targeted audience. The Windows 8 Basic is intended for the home user, and most people who would otherwise purchase Windows 7 Home editions. The Windows 8 Pro is intended for enthusiasts and business professionals, the successor to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate. Folks like myself would be most comfortable with Windows 8 Pro without the extra application level-level security which is extended to Windows 8 Enterprise.
|A quick installation, and you're on your way to Sign in to the PC|
So what's new in the latest Windows 8? Well, to the average Windows 7 user like myself, basically everything changed in terms of the interface! As for the functionality however, it remains nearly the same. What I could do on my Windows 7 desktop PC, I could do in with Windows 8, including blogging and photo editing. The interface however needs some getting used to, as it is optimized for next-gen devices (tablets, smartphones, etc) which utilizes the touchscreen primarily.
Microsoft has replaced its tried-and-true desktop interface with what the techies call the Metro interface. Metro modernistic design, instead of a start button, taskbar and windows filled with applications and folders, Metro features a screen full of program “tiles” and applications that run full-screen. It sort of reminded me of the UI for smartphones instead of a PC.
|The Home Screen, best used with a touchscreen device or monitor|
Personally, I feel this interface would be perfect for a tablet PC, but on a conventional PC like mine, you'll need to master it over time. Currently I'm still testing the Windows 8 software out, so a more comprehensive review are in the works. Until then, my first take on Windows 8 Pro would be that it gives a fresh new breath to the next-gen OS, and would fit perfectly with that super cool tablet PC. In the meantime, let me go get myself a touch screen monitor.
Check out the latest offers out currently for Windows 8 as below. These offers are ending on 31 January 2013 so do act fast cos it’s savings of about RM800!
- The promotion is valid up to January 31st 2013, and can be redeemed by customers up to February 28th 2013.
- A customer can redeem a maximum of five promotions, one per PC purchased. For example, if a user buys two new Windows 7 PCs during the promotional period, that person can qualify for a maximum of two promotion codes (10 upgrade offers) in total.
- If buying a new PC, customers can visit http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com for promotion details and other information.
- If upgrading an existing PC, customers can visit windows.my for promotion details
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