Windows 8 video promotes upcoming launch on October 26th

Microsoft has published a new video on its Windows YouTube account, showing off the operating system's versatility and the date for launch - October 26th. The software giant is expected to unveil all features and functionality of its next desktop operating system soon enough, which will come with extensions such as Xbox Music.

Microsoft previously revealed that consumers will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for a small price, which can currently be pre-ordered from Amazon (opens in new tab). The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will walk the consumer through the process step-by-step, making it as user friendly as possible. 

Items that can be carried through the process include settings, personal files and apps (depending on what system you're upgrading from). Of course, as well as the upgrade option, one can always choose a fresh installation. Once the Windows 8 Pro upgrade has been purchased, it can be transferred to external media, and Microsoft also offers an option for a DVD to be posted (for a small fee).

Retailers will be selling the product for $69.99 in-store, while consumers can upgrade for $39.99 online. Those who have purchased Windows 7 between between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 can upgrade to Windows 8 for just $14.99.

Source: YouTube

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  • The whole "shrouded in secrecy" situation is a toss-up: On one hand, you don't really want the competition to see your cards until you've dealt the "GIN" in Gin Rummy as to catch them off guard. On the other hand, NDA means Non Disclosure Agreement and you have everyone quickly wagging their tongues around, hence why Microsoft kept it quiet, but could ruin the chances for W8/WP8!
  • +1 about the tongue-waggers under NDA.
  • I like the song chosen for the ad... it's definitely one of those that will get stuck in my head, lol. It does finally seem that Microsoft's advertising groups are making a serious effort. I love all the promos I've seen so far.
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