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August 07, 2012

Microsoft News - Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Packaging

By Tanya Palta, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Today, the Powers of Be at Microsoft (News - Alert) unveiled the packaging for its yet-to-be-released Windows 8 operating system and are indicative of Microsoft's new path. The packaging definitely has a trendy and young sensibility and the vibrant and colorful boxes reveal a multi-colored Windows logo on two distinctive backgrounds -- white for Windows 8, and black for Windows 8 Pro.

Since its first public demo in June, Windows 8 has generated a lot of curiosity among both industry insiders and consumers. The next generation of Microsoft's operating system is a complete departure from any previous versions of the Windows operating system and has been clearly designed around touchscreen devices like smartphones and tablets. In February, Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the beta version of Windows 8, build 8250 and on its first day of its release, Windows 8 Consumer Preview was downloaded over one million times, which is incredible.

According to the Windows Design Team, Windows 8 has been "reimagined from the chipset to the user experience.” The interface borrows heavily from Microsoft's Metro design language, similar to that in Windows Phone (News - Alert). Apps in the new interface are developed with the new Windows Runtime platform using various programming languages, including C++, Visual Basic, C#, and HTML with JavaScript code-behind.

Microsoft Windows 8 is already in its Release to Manufacturing (RTM) phase and is touted to be released around October. Those running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 and developers working on new apps for Windows 8 will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via an MSDN subscription.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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