Microsoft launches Windows 8 in Philippines


MANILA, Philippines—Software giant Microsoft has launched its new flagship operating system (OS) in the emerging markets around the world, including the Philippines, to regain the ground it lost to mobile devices that have become more popular among consumers.

The local launch of the Windows 8, as well as devices running on the same platform, came just days after the OS was unveiled in New York City.

“We are launching a product that will respond to the needs of today’s brave new world where the lines between work and play have all but disappeared,” Microsoft Philippines managing director Karrie Capellan-Ilagan said.

“Windows 8 is the most-tested, reviewed, and ready OS in Microsoft’s history,” Ilagan said, describing the new software as the “boldest” system ever released by Microsoft, the company responsible for the global boom in personal computing.

The new Windows 8 OS is optimized for traditional desktop and laptop computers, tablet devices, and mobile phones. This aims to bridge the gap between PCs and other mobile devices that more consumers are starting to buy.

Windows 8 introduces a radical change in Microsoft’s OS user interface, or “UI.” The traditional desktop screen with a taskbar and “Start” button at the bottom was replaced with a new “Tiles” page. In an interview, Ilagan said users would have to “forget what they know” about using Microsoft PCs when trying out the new OS.

Ilagan said devices running on Windows 8 would offer consumers the same computing power and functionality expected from traditional PCs.

“It is a platform that can seamlessly and effectively bridge the gap between PCs, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones to create a no-compromise experience for all,” she said.

Starting this week, hardware vendors such as Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba will be selling PCs and tablet computers running on Windows 8, which replaces the Windows 7 OS, the company’s best-selling platform to date.

Also launched on Tuesday were several local apps that aim to make Windows 8 devices more relevant to Philippine consumers. Among these apps was the new “My Makati” app by the Makati City local government. This features news, weather, and traffic information in Makati City.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) also launched a version of its popular Traffic Navigator (TNAV) app for Windows 8. The TNAV app is already available on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms.

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  • LuwigVonMises

    I have installed win8 on my pc already. it’s great if you have an internet connection but if you don’t have it like most Filipinos. I wouldn’t recommend this, stay with win7 instead because win8 was mainly intended to enhance the use of internet in your pc.

  • joboni96

    walang silbi
    living on hype

    aside from churning the market
    to enrich more the gates

    i’ll stick with xp and linux
    android and nokia system40

  • lmy2006

    I was able to purchase it last October 26 on-line and installed it on my notebook. The metro UI which was the replacement for the start menu is something really new. I would advise people to “google” around or search on the youtube site for tips. If your keyboard has the windows key, then you won’t have much of a problem adjusting to the new UI, plus you can use this together with other keys to access short-cuts. :)

  • LuwigVonMises

    i’m downloading it at the moment. my expectations are high  and i’m very excited. good bye to win7 for good i want something new right now!

    • legrandcharles

      I hope it works out well for you. Congratulations and good luck on your new OS :)

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