From tomorrow, Windows 8 will be available worldwide and at midnight tonight PC World in Carrickmines, Dublin 18, will be the first retailer selling the brand new operating system and new compatible devices.
The new operating system features an all-new touch-optimised tile-based user interface and represents a significant shift in user experience from its predecessor, Windows 7.
The Windows Store will also open up with a range of Windows 8 apps on offer, including some from Irish sources, such as Muzu, The Irish Times, Dublin Bus, the GAA and Paddy Power.
Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will be available to purchase online and from more than 300 retailers nationwide, who are also stocking more than 50 Windows 8-ready devices.
There’s also a Windows 8 Enterprise edition for business users, with more options for mobile productivity and enhanced security features, while Windows RT will come pre-installed on ARM-based devices.
Windows Store will also launch alongside Windows 8, where users can browse and download apps for their new OS
Until the end of January 2013, users with Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP – and we know there are plenty of you out there – can upgrade to Windows 8 for the special offer price of €29.99. Windows 7 PCs purchased between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 will be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just €14.99 via www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.
Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 has been optimised for fast, touch-based performance
Paul Rellis, managing director of Microsoft Ireland, applauded the Irish team for its role in getting Windows 8 to market.
“The Microsoft team in Ireland has contributed significantly to the development and launch of Windows 8 – team members in the Sandyford-based European Development Centre have been involved in core development, localisation and testing work, ensuring that the product was ready for launch in over 100 different languages. In addition, the EMEA Operations Centre is providing the logistics support, ensuring its available in 56 different markets from tomorrow, while our sales and marketing team have been working with partners, the developer community and customers over the past number of months to prepare for the launch of Windows 8 in Ireland,” Rellis said.