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Windows 8 Launch, Singapore

Microsoft held the regional launch event of Windows 8 earlier today here in Singapore. Dozens of new PCs, laptops and tablets were showcased in the event that highlighted all of the new features of Windows 8.

Majority of the PC manufacturers were represented here thru their own Windows 8-powered PCs — Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Sony, Samsung and Toshiba. (We’ll talk more about each individual tablets and ultrabooks that we saw here in succeeding posts.)

Here’s a short clip of some footage we took during the live sessions.


The Windows 8 release date is set for tomorrow, October 26 across the Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world. You can download it as an upgrade to your Windows 7 machine, Windows XP or Vista or thru a purchase of a new Windows machine.

Unfortunately, there was no Microsoft Surface in sight. All of the tablets and PCs we’ve seen in the gallery were from 3rd-party partner manufacturers. In two weeks, Microsoft will also hold the Philippine launch of Windows 8.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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26 Responses

  1. Ronald says:

    Hope you saw an Asus Taichi there.

  2. Noodles says:

    Ask ko lang bakit di gamitin ng mga laptop brand ang OS ng Apple?

  3. Paul says:

    Two weeks? Hindi ba ngayong October 26 din?

  4. Mr. Curious says:

    isn’t windows 8 really integrated for touchscreen? My friend had windows 8 installed in his laptop(he got it free in M.S dreamspark) and I must say it’s pretty damn confusing to use. Well maybe because there’s ALOT I say changes from win7 – win 8. just a thought thou.. =D

    • Ramon says:

      Agreed… I think they made Windows 8 too much of a tablet OS, it’s practically saying that Microsoft is abandoning the physical keyboard/mouse :(

      But aside from the Metro/Windows UI, what else is different in Windows 8? If they used the old interface (with the start button/task bar), would it be just like Windows 7?

      I need to know if upgrading to Win8 is worth it XD

    • senior says:

      ^ its worth the glory! just for correction don’t call it metro UI, they named it MODERN UI

    • Ramon says:

      right, my bad XD

      kala ko kasi Windows UI yung ipinalit sa Metro UI, “Modern” UI pala hahaha

    • soonerlater says:

      sooner or later it’s all gonna be touchscreen, it’s the future, better embrace it

    • Mr. Curious says:

      just imagine WINDOWS 9! d0_0b HAHAHAHA

  5. bruns says:

    upgrade question:

    from win8 release preview > to > licensed win 8 for $39 (download) only?

    can someone confirm if its qualified and true?

    coz if its a yes, then i’l do this route before my win8 preview enjoyment expires in jan 2013.

    good value for every buck;-)

  6. Calvin says:

    oct 30 yung launch sa pinas abe.

  7. xam says:

    windows 8 is good, its not that MS is abandoning the keyboard and mouse thing, they just embrace the new world of touch and type, windows 8 is made to operate in touch and type machines as well as with leyboard and mouse.

    • Ramon says:

      that’s what I thought… So no improvements on performance or the actual system? Just the UI? :(

      If that’s the case, I’m sticking with windows 7, I still like the physical keyboard + mouse… Let PCs be PCs and tablets be tablets! Lol

  8. behind says:

    sooner or later it’s all gonna be touchscreen, it’s the future, better embrace it or be left behind

  9. Raymond says:

    They already have a Windows 8 demo booth at SM North Annex Cyberzone. Got to play with some of the PCs with the OS. It’s confusing to move around at first coming from Windows 7.

  10. edwaine says:

    already have one from dreamspark premium account, the XBOX Game APPS are good & seamless when after installation. Their actual file sizes from 11mb to 1.2gb so far. if you notice for some win 8 users, fruit ninja & other apps are required to purchase. You can install them first just like on the windows phone 7’s “try before you buy policy”. But the other’s are “free to play”(or “use” for some other non-game apps), all you goanna have to do is to purchase in-store points/privilages to it

  11. senior says:

    Well price doesn’t matter here on our country… a week or two after the official release an exploit version will be release.

  12. Kikokix says:

    When will Surface RT going to be released here? Any forecast on pricing?


  13. PJ says:

    check out these articles from a columnist of the New York Times on the Windows 8.

    Windows revamped and split in 2 – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/25/technology/personaltech/microsofts-windows-revamped-and-split-in-2.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    Windows 8 cheat sheet – http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/25/a-windows-8-cheat-sheet/

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