Microsoft, partners now accepting pre-orders for Windows 8

By Shawn Knight ยท 5 replies
Oct 12, 2012
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  1. Microsoft has started accepting pre-orders for multiple versions of Windows 8. Boxed retail products, OEM copies and even product key cards are starting to appear online at various retailers in the US including Amazon, Best Buy, the Microsoft Store, Office...

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  2. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 781   +235

    32-bit versions still? I'm just so unimpressed by the move to 64-bit chips that we still don't utilize. It's like how we've all moved to dual and quad cores, yet most applications still only utilize 1 core.
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  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,714   +855

    This is gonna be interesting. I'm real curious to see what the Windows 8 sales figures are.
  4. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    I don't think Win8 sales figures will be like Win7, but I honestly think that the tablet craze will really help drive up sales.
  5. I see no need for a tablet in order to enjoy and benefit from Windows 8. I've been using the release preview for a few weeks on two of my ageing laptops (one almost six years old) and my media center PC, which is no spring chicken either. The oldest machine - a Dell XPS M1710 - had been running Windows 7 X64 (and Vista X86 and MCE 2005 before that) while the other machines have been running Vista 32 bit. Windows 8 seems quicker and slicker on all three machines. That's not due to a fresh install either. The other machines have all had vanilla Windows installs without the burden of crapware to plague them.

    I have zero interest in Metro, but look forward to improved performance for a minimal additional expense. I shall be buying three upgrade copies online as soon as it is available. Maybe one day I shall buy a tablet (or more likely a convertible/hybrid device), but that's certainly not a requirement in order to benefit from Windows 8.
  6. Totally agreed. I wonder how windows 8 will transition into the market with growing touchscreen devices. I am not a fan of HUGE touch devices such as the ipad or other tablets.. so it's time for Windows 8 to change my mind!

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