windows8 Microsoft announces Windows 8 Release Preview and Upgrade Offer Program

Today, Microsoft has announced the Windows 8 Release Preview which offers improvements to Mail, Photos and People apps. The company has also unveiled the details on the Upgrade Offer Program for customers who intend to purchase a new Windows PC.

windows8 Microsoft announces Windows 8 Release Preview and Upgrade Offer Program

Today, Microsoft has announced the Windows 8 Release Preview which is available for download at http://preview.windows.com, in 14 languages. The new Release Preview claims to offer a fast, seamless experience for touch, as well as keyboard and mouse. The Windows 8 Release Preview features improvements to the Mail, Photos and People apps, with increased personalization options for the Start Screen, multi-monitor support. It also offers new Family Safety features and enriched privacy and security controls, as well as new Bing applications – Travel, News and Sports.

The company has also unveiled their Windows Upgrade Offer program for consumers purchasing a new Windows PC in Singapore. The offer provides consumers who buy an eligible Windows 7 PC the option to purchase a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at an estimated retail price of just S$17.99 (inclusive of GST). However, there are some requirements which customers have to adhere to.

Consumers who have bought a Windows 7 PC that is pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate, and includes a matching and valid OEM Certificate of Authenticity, will need to register from http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com from 2 June. And when Windows 8 has been officially released, customers will receive an email from Microsoft which will contain the promo codes and purchase instructions. Note that the Upgrade Offer Program is only applicable for new Windows 7 PCs that have been purchased during the eligibility period of 2 June 2012 - 31 January 2013. And the Windows 8 Pro download must be redeemed before end February 2013.

For more information on the Windows Upgrade Offer Program – http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com.