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on Thursday, 05 July 2012
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Microsoft Already Discounts Windows 8

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This won't be too surprising to many of you out there; Windows 8 is a great piece of software.  It is a uniquely designed operating system that has totally re-thought how operating systems can work and should work.  It offers better power management, easier updates, easier recovery and with its Live ID, access to your desktop, your home page and your apps from any computer.

The problem is, Windows 8 has been designed for touch screens and at the moment, not many of us have touch screens.  Microsoft believes that in the near future, we'll all be using touch screens and that the keyboard will go the way of the floppy disk.  But at the moment, most business users and most home users of Windows operating systems still cling to our old fashioned keyboards.

Of course, Windows has taken steps to rectify this by launching its own touch screen tablet, Surface, which of course, comes pre-loaded with Windows 8, but I don't think we'll be seeing touch-screen laptops and desktops and tablets being the most popular choice of business hardware for a while to come yet.

If you have a touch screen, then Windows 8 does make perfect sense.  It is fluid and intuitive and even allows you to use doodles as your log-in.  However, if you don't have touch-screens it can be quite cumbersome and awkward to use this operating system with a mouse and keyboard. 

The thing is Microsoft needs Windows 8 to succeed; they've spent years and a fortune developing it. This is probably why they have decided to offer a discount to business users in 131 countries who currently use Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 7.

According to an article in the Washington Post, these users can get an upgrade to the Windows 8 operating system for $39.99.

Sadly, we've not been able to verify this, but if you do want a copy of Windows 8, keep an eye out for this discounted offer. 

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