Microsoft Officially Announces Windows 8

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Microsoft has officially announced the name of their new operating system and it is …. Windows 8. Yeah, like that was a major surprise, but it seems that they will streamline the OS as opposed to the way they offered Windows 7. That is a good thing.

There will be three versions of the OS and each of them are different from one another according to their blog. For both 32-Bit and 64-Bit, you have Windows 8 is the consumer SKU. It will include the updated Windows Explorer, Task Manager, better multi-monitor support, and the ability to “switch languages on the fly,” which previously was only available to those purchasing the Enterprise and Ultimate Editions of Windows .

Windows 8 Pro is for tech enthusiasts and business/technical professionals, and adds features for encryption, virtualization, PC management, and domain connectivity. The Windows Media Center functionality will be available as an add-on to Windows 8 Pro, known as the “Media Pack.”

The third version is Windows 8 RT. “This single edition will only be available pre-installed on PCs and tablets powered by ARM processors and will help enable new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows RT will include touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.”

At least, this time out there will be much less consideration on which OS to get, since you only have two options. That was the one thing I truly didn’t like about the Windows 7 release and the differences were so small that it had to be decided if that was worth the difference. How many of you are running out to get the new OS?

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