Microsoft Australia launches Windows 8 (+39 photos)

Shows off the OS and Surface RT
The Microsoft Australia Windows 8 launch took place at the Hordern Pavilion.

The Microsoft Australia Windows 8 launch took place at the Hordern Pavilion.

Microsoft Australia launched the Windows 8 operating system in Sydney's Hordern Pavilion earlier today.

While Microsoft Australia managing director, Pip Marlow, and Microsoft Australia Windows product manager, Deeps De Silva, maintained an emphasis on 'intuitive', focus shifted to pricing and availability during a Q&A session.

Somewhat surprisingly, Microsoft said Windows 8 could not be bought as a fresh OS from major retailers, rather only available as an upgrade from previous versions.

SEE ALSO: Windows 8 is only available as an upgrade.

Microsoft also used the event to show off its Surface RT device, of which it only had three on display.

The Surface RT will be available locally for:

  • 32GB - $559
  • 32GB with Touch Cover - $679
  • 64GB with Touch Cover - $789

The Touch Cover, which is available in black, white, red, blue, and magenta, can be purchased separately for $139.99.

Customers who prefer a physical keyboard can purchase the Type Cover for $149.99.

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Rob

1

'Somewhat surprisingly, Microsoft said Windows 8 could not be bought as a fresh OS, rather only available as an upgrade from previous versions'.

So, how do you purchase a brand new pc then I wonder???

Sam Bo

2

My Wholesaler has stock, and its slightly more cost that Windows 7, odd considering the US website has the product for around $60US for customers who are not upgrading.

Nermin Bajric

3

Hi Sam Bo,

Check this out: http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/440185/updated_windows_8_only_available_an_upgrade/

Nermin.

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