(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Microsoft Tuesday announced the availability of Windows 8 software in Qatar and around the world. Windows 8 offers a new UI, a wide range of apps with the grand opening of the Windows Store, available on more than 1000 Windows 8 certified PCs and tablets, the software major said.
Commenting on the launch, Microsoft's Country Manager in Qatar Naim Yazbeck said, "With the launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is unveiling a re-imagined Windows to the world.
Whether you want a tablet or a PC, whether you want to consume or create, whether you want to work or play " Windows 8 delivers a personalized experience that fits your unique style and needs." Windows 8 will be available in two versions at retail, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
For business users, Windows 8 Enterprise offers new possibilities in mobile productivity with features like Windows To Go, DirectAccess, and BranchCache, as well as enhanced end-to-end security with features including BitLocker and AppLocker. Launching at the same time is a new member of the Windows family designed for ARM-based tablets, Windows RT, which will be available pre-installed on new devices.
Windows 8 features the new fast and fluid Start screen that gives users a one-click access to the applications and content. It has a new Internet Explorer 10 and built-in cloud capabilities with SkyDrive. In addition to the range of new devices available, consumers can also upgrade their existing PCs.
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 a price. Windows 8 will be available for download to upgrade existing PCs in over 140 markets and 37 languages at http://windows.microsoft.com and at retail locations around the world, including Qatar, the company said.