Windows 8 will be available on October 26th, 2012

…October 26th, 2012! That’s right! Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 – whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC – starting on October 26thEarlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. It’s on mine!

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File History feature in Windows 8

“File History only saves copies of files that are in your libraries, contacts, favorites, and on your desktop. If you have folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of your existing libraries or create a new library,” Microsoft explains.
Simply open File History from the Control Panel, and then click On. Microsoft recommends the use of an external drive for File History backup.

Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrades Cost $39.99 and and $69.99 if purchased in a store

Microsoft has announced that upgrades to Windows 8 from previous versions of the operating system will go for $39.99 via download and $69.99 if purchased in a store.

The low-cost upgrade is positioned as a promotion available only from the time Windows 8 ships this fall until Jan. 31, 2013, Microsoft said. Users running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 will be able to download Windows 8 Pro in 131 markets.

Microsoft also is allowing users to add Windows Media Center for free after the upgrade. In addition, upgrading customers have the option of purchasing a backup Windows 8 DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.

How do I search the Windows 8 Store?

To navigate the Windows 8 Store, click the Store tile on the Start screen and then press Windows logo key+ Q or touch swipe from the right edge to open charms, then use the Search charm to search for apps.

 

You can also use the Page Up and Page Down keys to scroll the Store catalog view.

Hands-On with Windows 8 Release Preview Whats New

We show you what’s new and different with Microsoft’s Windows 8 Release Preview. This is a version of Windows 8 that you can download to test for yourself, and will likely be the closest-to-final public release of Windows 8 before it goes gold later this year.