And so Windows 8 has finally arrived in the mainstream market, initializing the next evolution of computer usage whose success – as has always been the case – will be dictated by the response of consumers in the said market. Will you also jump into the fray, or will you be holding back for a while to see how things will go?
Windows 8 is available in three different variants: Windows RT, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 (from here on in to be designated as “Windows 8 Vanilla”). RT runs exclusively on ARM-based processors (i.e. Tablets and Smartphones), while both Vanilla and Pro are built for x86 CPUs.
Pro is now available for $69.99 at your nearest electronics store, but an even better deal can be had with Pro as an upgrade downloadable from Microsoft’s site. The upgrade will only set you back $39.99 (at least until January 31st of next year, by which time the offer ends); and as an added incentive, if you do get Windows 8 Pro, the Media Center program will be downloadable for free.
Vanilla, on the other hand, won’t be available for purchase, whether in physical or digital form, until the Pro special offer ends. Until then, this Win 8 version will only appear as a pre-installed OS in some of the newer computers.
If it does become commercially available, insiders are expecting it to be around the $30 mark for the disc, with the downloadable upgrade at half that price.
As for RT, Microsoft will only be making it available as a pre-installed program and nothing more.
So what do you get with Pro that distinguishes it from Vanilla? Well, if you are running (or are planning to run) a business that requires multiple PC workstations, Pro houses some valuable security and system expansion features like remote hosting, file encryption, BitLocker drive protection, and Hyper-V hardware virtualization.
Other than those, Vanilla gets everything else that comes with Pro, including touch controls and UI switchability.
Still, at $40 dollars for the downloadable upgrade, you just might be getting a good deal with Pro as long as you’re willing to be an early adapter. That’s $30 in savings; not to mention being just $20 or so more than Vanilla.
Whether you go with Vanilla or Pro, though, your computer will have to have at least the following desktop or laptop parts: A 1 GHz multi-core CPU with PAE, NX, and SSE2 support; 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit architectures, or 2 GB for 64-bit; 16 GB of hard disc space for 32-bit, or 20 GB for 64-bit; and a DirectX 9-compatible GPU with a WDDM driver.
For those not too well-versed in techno-jargons, just know that as long as your computer can run Windows 7 comfortably, it should have no problems with Windows 8.
Making Your Choice
Armed with these preliminaries, you should now more or less have a clearer grasp on whether you go ahead and get Windows 8 or whether you wait it out a bit more. Whatever your stance, one thing’s for certain: Microsoft has delivered a product that’s truly game-changing; one which would do you well to follow.
Author Bio:- Colleen Northcutt is a Web promoter, and Blogger from Reno, Nevada. She’s an avid PC gamer and she was working for laptopaid.com, She’s written about technology, especially for laptops and notebooks.