Upgrade Offer on Windows 8 for new PCs sold with Windows 7

Microsoft has announced a Windows 8 upgrade program for customers who purchase a Windows 7-based PC between June 2012 and February 2013.

The world-wide offer which was launched today in 131 markets allows consumers who buy a Windows PC pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate, to be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just €15.00. Importantly, this offer also includes the standard 90 days of support from Microsoft.

To be eligible for the upgrade program, users must purchase a new Windows 7 PC from June 2, 2012 to January 31, 2013. Once users register online, they may purchase a download of Windows 8 Pro on the day it becomes generally available.

Windows 8 is a totally reinvented operating system that seeks to reach the highest possible levels of user experience. Featuring the Metro interface that is designed for touchscreen input similar to that in Windows Phone and on the Xbox 360, Windows 8 was first released as as a Consumer Review last February and since then, it was downloaded over one million times.

The first main feature of Windows 8 is Microsoft’s newly employed user interface Metro design, a new tile-based Start screen similar to the Windows Phone operating system where each tile represents an application, and at the same time displaying relevant information such as the number of unread messages on the tile for an e-mail app or the current temperature on a weather application. Metro-style applications run in full-screen, and are able to share information between each other.

A wide array of other features include the inclusion of Internet Explorer 10 as a Metro-style application, the ability to sign in using a Microsoft account, allowing for the user’s profile and settings to be synchronized over the internet and accessible from other computers running Windows 8, as well as integration with SkyDrive. Two new authentication methods are available on Windos 8 namley picture password, which allows users to log in by drawing three gestures in different places on a pictureand PIN log in, which allows users to authenticate using a four digit pin.

Windows Explorer will include a ribbon toolbar, and have its file operation progress dialog updated to provide more detailed statistics, the ability to pause file transfers, and improvements in the ability to manage conflicts when copying files. The Hybrid Boot feature will use an “advanced hibernation functionality” on shutdown to allow faster startup times whereas the Windows To Go will allow Windows 8 to boot and run from a bootable USB device (such as a flash drive).

Other features include two newly included recovery functions, Refresh and Reset where the refresh restores all Windows files to their original state while keeping settings, files, and Metro-style apps, while reset takes the computer back to factory default condition. A native USB 3.0 support, a new lock screen, a New Windows Task Manager design, Xbox Live integration, Storage Spaces for users to combine different sized hard disks into virtual drives and specify mirroring, parity, or no redundancy on a folder-by-folder and Windows Defender as the default anti-virus program are some of the more important new features in Windos 8.

Anothe rimportant feature is Family Safety which allowa parents to protect their children on the internet, as well as monitor and control their PC and internet activities and usage.

More detailed information about this advantageous offer may be found at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com

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