The next version of the Windows operating system is scheduled to be commercially released on October 29. However, you can start using it for free, by downloading and installing the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation.
You can get both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8, in a lot of different languages, including Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish or Japanese.
The installation process is easy: you download a 2 GB ISO file, then use a free tool like the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool to write this file to a DVD or USB stick. After that you simply insert the DVD or USB stick into a computer, and boot your computer from that device. All you have to do is follow the instructions.
Microsoft announced that Windows XP, Vista or 7 users will be able to upgrade to the new Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. The promotion will be available from the time Windows 8 ships this fall until Jan. 31, 2013.
Users will be able to purchase the upgrade directly from the Windows.com website, with the help of an Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. The Assistant will also check to make sure the PC is ready for the new Windows.
The initial media and Internet reviews are positive. The Android tablet, built by Asus, offers a 7” 1280×800 HD display, a Quad-core Tegra 3 processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 or 16 GB internal storage, weights 340 grams and comes with the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system.
Of course, one of the most important aspects is the price: Google Nexus 7 is available for pre-order directly from Google starting at $199.