The highly anticipated Windows 8 Software will be released to the South Africa market on October 26 this year, as revealed by Microsoft South Africa Windows 8 group leader Colin Erasmus.
This will make the country the first in the continent to have access to Microsoft’s new operating system.
The unique features of the operating system includes synchronized cloud and Windows to Go which is potable and permits storage of customized versions Windows 8 OS applications and settings.
Windows to Go facilitates sharing of information in the company by allowing workers in the same firm to access Windows 8, data and task available from different computers while data recovery is not an obstacle.
During the Windows 8 demonstration in Sandton South Africa, Microsoft Windows chief marketing officer and chief financial ffficer Tami Reller promised to roll out Manufacturing version before the end of this week.
He further said entrepreneurs will have a special offer of accessing the services in August.
Release to Manufacturing (RTM) is turning on the business platform to allow developers to start receiving cash from the software.
Customers who purchase the Windows 7 from 2 June 2012 to 31 January 2013 will upgrade at a cost of US$14.99, this was announced early last month by the company’s Corporate vice president and chief executive Tami Reller — during Microsoft’s Annual Worldwide Partner Conference Toronto, Canada.
Those already using Windows XP, Vista, or 7 would get the new version Windows 8 Pro at US$39.99 set to be made available in 131 markets, and Windows 8 across 231markets in 109 languages.
The recent report from the organisation’s website indicates that close to 50 percent of commercial desktop computers available while 630 million already sold across the world are Windows 7.
First Pre-release version was introduced in June this year making more than 1 million downloads since then.
The information and communication technology (ICT) development in Africa rates South Africa as the first in Africa and 20th largest information and technology (IT) products and services consumer in the world. It has contributed positively to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
The notable international IT companies operating in the country comprises Microsoft, Compaq, IBM, Intel, Systems Application Protocol (SAP), Unisys and. Novell
Microsoft Corporation was established by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in April 1975 to produce, license, and support computing services. In the 2011 financial year, it was ranked as the largest software corporation in the world.