Microsoft had started accepting pre-orders for the much anticipated
operating system last week. According to the report, Microsoft has set
the price of Windows 8 at $70 (roughly Rs 3,712) for a DVD pack. The
operating system is also available digitally for $40 (around Rs
2,121), where users can download Windows 8 on launch day, October 26.
Along with this, any customer who buys, or already bought, a Windows 7
PC between June 2 and the end of January 2013 will be able to get an
upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $15, a move designed to prevent a
drop-off in PC sales before the launch of Windows 8.
It was recently revealed that Microsoft had released an update to
Windows 8 even before the official launch. Microsoft states on its
official blog that this 'post-RTM' update has been issued to do away
with the usual waiting times users experienced with earlier versions
of Windows as the company went about improving its core code to suit
the various OEMs' newly-developed or enhanced components, drivers and
accompanying software. It states this update ensures we won't have to
wait for a service pack to experience such enhancements. This update
to Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 will be integrated with the
operating system when it is released on October 26.
Additionally, Microsoft is working on updates for its in-built Windows
8 apps. The company will release updates for many of the apps included
with the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 8, delivered
to manufacturers and to MSDN and TechNet subscribers in August. The
company announced on its official blog that it has started rolling out
updates for the various apps Windows 8 comes with.
These app updates will also be available to manufacturers to include
by default with PCs shipped in the future. Those who have already
installed Windows 8 RTM can get the updates from the Store app. The
Store tile will notify you when updates are available, and you can
open it and click the updates link in the top right corner to see the
list, and install the ones you want.
The Bing app is the first app to get the update. Microsoft will be
rolling out updates for the rest of the in-built apps until October