Microsoft provides Filipinos with a “No-Compromise” experience with the new Windows 8
New devices, new local apps, new services offer unparalleled choice and unique experiences
October 30, 2012, Manila, Philippines —Microsoft Philippines announced the availability of Windows 8 for local consumers following the global launch announcement last October 26, 2012. Now, consumers and businesses will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer: a beautiful new user interface available on more than 30 Windows 8 certified devices, and a wide range of local apps with the opening of the Windows Store.
The all-new Windows 8 delivers a fast, fluid and connected experience. It provides quick start up and immersive touch experience for multi-touch devices. It also has the colorful, interactive interface called Live Tiles with which one can seamlessly organize and get immediate information from news sites and social media. With these exciting features, Microsoft takes pride with the launch of the re-imagined Windows 8.
“Today, we are launching a product that will respond to the needs to today’s brave new world where the lines between work and play have all but disappeared,” said Karrie Capellan-Ilagan, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines. “Windows 8 is the most tested reviewed and ready operating system in Microsoft’s history. It 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.”
Microsoft Philippines has partnered with hardware giants in light of bringing the best computing experience to all Filipinos. Windows 8 will be available for download onto existing PCs, laptops, all-in-ones, convertibles, tablets and notebooks. New devices from a wide range of manufacturers in the country – including Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba – will be available at select retail locations nationwide.
“Samsung is delighted to introduce a wide portfolio of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8-powered devices,” shared Eric Sulit, IT Director, Samsung Philippines. “With our leadership in design and technology and Microsoft’s leadership in operating systems, together we are able to provide customers with a full range of ATIV devices for cross-category convergence.”
Agnes Espino, Sales and Marketing Group Director, Acer Philippines said, “Acer, in partnership with Microsoft, continues to offer fresh and innovative products for the Philippine market with the launch of Acer units with Windows 8. This new era of touch and experience ushers-in exciting new PCs—desktops, notebooks and tablets—to make consumers live more enjoyable and even more productive.”
Microsoft has tied up with the country’s leading organizations and businesses to develop their local apps to be available in Windows 8. These include ABS-CBN for the latest news updates, Sulit.com.ph for great buys, SM Cinema for convenient entertainment, BPI for convenient banking, Globe and Smart for fast and easy account management, Meralco for easy access to your electricity information, Cebu Pacific for fast and convenient travel purchase while on-the-go, Resorts World Manila for hotel leisure, LBC for easy tracking of courier packages, MMDA for up-to-date traffic information and MyMakati for an all-access pass to one of the most happening cities in the Metro.
Makati City Mayor JunJun Binay noted, “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.”
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 USD39.99. You may also visit our partner retail outlets for the Windows 8 retail box at USD69.99 for a Windows 8 upgrade. And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 in more than 140 countries can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of USD14.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.
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, which enables new thin and lightweight form factors with impressive battery life. Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives people one-click access to the apps and content they care most about, the entirely new Internet Explorer 10 that is perfect for touch, and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive.
Customers in the Philippines will be able to experience Windows 8 from a range of new device models such as Acer Aconia W510, ASUS Vivo Tab, Dell XPS Duo 12, HP ENVY x2, Lenovo Idea Pad Yoga, Samsung ATIV Tab, Sony Vio Duo 11, Toshiba Satellite U920t.
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