Windows Reimagined - Microsoft Delivers Windows 8 to the Philippines
The Great 8
It was at the Resorts World Manila in Pasay City where Microsoft Philippines unveiled Windows 8 to our local market, following the worldwide launch announcement on October 26, 2012. The latest and greatest version of the tech giant's illustrious line of operating systems is finally available for personal and business users alike with its strong lifestyle integration and attractive interface. More than 31 devices are already Windows 8-equipped and are ready to ship out in the Philippine market from the major players, which include ASUS, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba. In addition to the great support from these manufacturers is the interest from local app creators, producing locally relevant apps such as from MMDA, Resorts World Manila, and Cebu Pacific, to name a few. There's no doubt that Windows 8 is being touted as a truly connected experience between the operating system and the privileged user.
If there's one feature of Windows 8 that one would have to highlight, it would have to be the immersive touch experience. Even though the operating system works great with just a keyboard and mouse, it's in the touch interface where the interactivity really shines. Similar to the already well-developed Windows Phone OS, this new interface continues to stay fresh with the colorful LIve Tiles and much more fluid load times. Windows 7 was an incredible success, but with Windows 8, we're sure to expect an even greater march into the exciting future of tech convergence.
According to Karrie Capellan-Ilagan, Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines, Windows 8 is already the most tested, reviewed, and ready operating system in Microsoft's history. Microsoft's pride and joy can effectively and effortlessly bridge the gap between all sorts of hardware platforms to create one seamless connection for maximum producivity. JunJun Binay, the Major of Makati City, also expressed his satisfaction with the tie up between his city and Windows 8. With the newly released MyMakati app, users will be able to receive real time news, weather, and traffic reports for the whole city of Makati. With this fruitful start, we can hope to see more integration between Windows devices and local sectors in the near future.
Microsoft's new OS will be available in two versions, WIndows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. For ARM-based tablets, Windows RT will also be available as a lighter alternative to Windows 8. This lighter version will provide better battery life while still maintaining the functionality and flexibility provided by its more complete counterpart. A range of new devices can be soon be found on local shores, such as the Acer Aconia W510, ASUS Vivo Tab, Dell XPS Duo 12, HP ENVY x2, Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga, Samsung ATIV Tab, Sony Vio Duo 11, and Toshiba Satellite U920t, among others.
Microsoft is offering the Windows Upgrade Offer to anyone interested in taking the plunge into the new OS. Until the end of January, anyone running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 can download Windows 8 Pro for only US$ 39.99. Partnered retail outlets will also have the retail box available at US$ 69.99 for a Windows 8 upgrade. As a bonus, Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 are eligible to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of US$ 14.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.
Microsoft Philippines revealed that Windows Store, which is the market for all the compatible Windows 8 apps, will be available in every language that is offered for Windows, surpassing more than 100 languages. Adding to this incredible fact is a statistic showing that almost 1.4 billion PCs around the world are installed with Windows, and the number shows no signs of stopping. With more than 600 million Windows 7 users today, Windows 8 is the most natural upgrade path for them.
For more information and updates on Microsoft's latest OS, check out the official website at www.microsoft.com.
Watch our special video coverage below with an interview of Windows' Client Lead, Ms. Mae Rivera-Moreno.