Windows 8 debuts in PH ? without the flair

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[/caption] Although it served as the coming-out party of the tech firm?s first female managing director, Karrie Capellan-Ilagan, the event was a far cry from the grandiose Windows launches it had in the past when Microsoft ruled the software landscape without competition. While a number of device makers ? the old PC pals of Microsoft ? were at the event to offer their support for Windows 8, the new OS was received with a muted response from a public still apprehensive on its new features, particularly its touch-screen interface called Live Tiles. Capellan-Ilagan, in her opening speech, said Windows 8 will bring the touch-screen technology to everybody, an apparent dig at the premium pricing of arch-rival Apple. But unlike Apple which has separate operating systems for PCs and tablets ? Mac OS and iOS, respectively — Microsoft is aiming to hit the two different markets with just one OS. The company said ?Windows 8? is the platform that can seamlessly and effectively bridge the gap between PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, to create a no-compromise experience for all.? At the event, Capellan-Ilagan also bared the range of local apps now available at the Windows Store. These include apps from ABS-CBN,, SM Cinema, BPI, Globe, Smart, Meralco, Cebu Pacific, Resorts World Manila, and LBC. MMDA also has the Windows version of the Traffic Navigator, while Makati City mayor JunJun Binay was also on-hand to pitch for MyMakati app. ?We are happy to partner with Microsoft for our very first app for PC, laptop and mobile devices. The MyMakati app features real time news, weather and traffic information for the whole Makati City, making it much more convenient for residents and visitors to navigate through and enjoy the city,? he said. Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets, Windows RT. Microsoft said through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. They can also visit the company?s partner retail outlets for the Windows 8 retail box at $69.99 for a Windows 8 upgrade. Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of $14.99, with the Windows Upgrade Offer.]]>

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