Today, 25th October 2012, marks an important date in Microsoft’s calendar. This is the day that Microsoft changes the face of the most important Operating System in the tech world. Windows 8 was launched in South Africa at an event at Shine Studios in downtown Johannesburg, which tied in with the launch of the OS across the globe, at approximately the same time. The launch event in Johannesburg also served as the official launch of Windows 8 in Africa.
An appropriate African theme was chosen to enhance the venue. Hosts Kingsley Holgate (explorer) and Lebo Mashile (poet) stood beneath the great Baobab tree, around an imaginary camp fire telling stories in true African style. They also introduced each of the guests for the evening while presenting each with a totem of their animal they represent. The guests included Olympic gold medallist, Chad Le Clos, Reuben Riffel, mountaineer Sibusiso Vilane, photographer Greg Marinovich, ceramic artist Fèe Halstead, plastic surgeon Ridwan Mia and local band Dance You’re on Fire. There’s no doubt the Windows 8 is a game changer; each guest providing evidence of how Windows 8 Slate PC has changed their lives for the better.
“With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a reimagined Windows to the world,” said Microsoft SA managing director Mteto Nyati. “Whether you want a tablet or a PC, whether you want to consume or create content, whether you want to work or play – Windows 8 delivers a personalised experience that fits your unique style and needs.”
Windows 8 will be available in 2 variants to consumers, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. In addition, Window s8 Enterprise will be made available to business customers. For ARM-based tablets, Windows RT will come pre-installed. More than 40 unique Windows 8 devices, mostly laptops, will be made available at retailers from 26th October 2012, along with the Windows 8 OS itself. Many of these devices were on display to interact with, some of which highlighted the Operating System’s new features better than others.
Additionally to these new devices, consumers who have (and will) purchased a Windows 7 device between 2nd June 2012 and 31st January 2013 are eligible to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for an estimated R130.00, available at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.