Humans and the undead can use Windows 8?
Microsoft decided to take advantage of AMC's popular television show The Walking Dead for promotion of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system. A Windows 8 advertisement was spotted in the season premier, during a break within the first half hour of the programme.
The advertisement has yet to be uploaded to the mass amount of tubes we know today as the Internet, but Neowin provides enough detail on what was seen. The advertisement featured a person using a tablet running Windows 8 that showed off a Walking Dead experience. While watching an episode of the show, the user was seen messaging a contact. Fairly normal, right?
At a point in the advertisement, the person seen in the clip appeared to transform into a zombie, who then sent an IM that read "I can't wait to eat you." This then turned out to be a dream by the same person, but then the audience witnessed a keyboard being used by what appeared to be zombie hands.
AMC has a user experience on the official Walking Dead website called StorySync that enables viewers to participate in trivia questions, polls and more while watching episodes via the web browser. It's an interesting take on Windows 8 promotion, which shows off how easy the interface of Microsoft's next OS is to use - even the undead can make Skype calls.
Windows 8 is to launch on October 26th, and we can expect to see further advertising throughout this month in the run up to the date of release and beyond. As well as Windows, Microsoft is also set to reveal Windows Phone 8 on October 29th, both will be available in time for the holiday season. It's a good time to be a Microsoft fan.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.