Windows 8 Pro
Beautiful, fast, fluid
Windows has been reimagined to focus on your life. The beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch-enabled tablets and lightweight laptops, to PCs and large, powerful all-in-ones with high-definition screens. Itís smooth, intuitive, and gives you instant access to your people, apps, and stuff, so you spend less time searching and more time doing.
Windows 7, only better
Windows 8 is built on the foundation of Windows 7, but itís been improved on all fronts. You can install Win 8 on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Win 7. Win 8 was designed with Win 7 apps in mind, because you have older apps you still need to use.
In addition to the new look of the Start Screen, Win 8 incorporates the desktop that youíre familiar with. In the desktop, youíll see all the settings, devices, & features you used in Win 7óand you can run the desktop apps you ran in Windows 7, too.
Cloud-connected with your Microsoft account
Sign in to your Windows 8 device with your Microsoft account and youíre immediately connected to the people, files, and settings you care about. Your PC comes to life with all the things that make Windows yours, including your Start page, themes, language preferences, browsing history, and browser favorites. You can connect your favorite services to your Microsoft account, too, like Hotmail, Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. And you can immediately get to your photos, docs, and other files, whether theyíre on SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, or other services.
It's all about the apps
In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse great apps, all grouped in easy-to-find categories. We highlight great apps for you and provide quick access to frequently downloaded apps. You can also see how other people have rated apps. Youíll always know whatís interesting, new, and popular. You wonít have to worry about buying something you donít want because you can try before you buy, if the app supports it. If you try an app and like it, you can buy it and continue using the full app with no interruption. You wonít waste time or lose your place.
Before you Buy:
Upgrading to Windows 8 - If your PC is running Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your programs. Some features such as touch may require a new PC.