Four big stories out of Microsoft today, including a sneak preview of new Windows 8 tablets, pre-order information for Windows 8 Pro, the second episode of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and an update on the TV White Spaces wireless broadband question.
· Microsoft’s hardware partners are about to unleash a wave of new Windows 8 devices in all shapes and sizes. For consumers and businesses, that breadth offers the chance to find just the right PC no matter their needs. Head on over to the Microsoft News Center to see a slideshow of these slick new devices. To the left is a screenshot of the Asus VivoTa RT.
· Starting today, you can reserve a packaged DVD of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 USD ERP* (U.S.) at select retailers. You will want to upgrade your PC to Windows 8 Pro sooner rather than later - this upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs only through to Jan. 31, 2013.
· You won’t want to miss episode two of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, in which Cadet Michael "Sully" Sullivan continues to decode the hidden ONI combat video as Lasky’s struggle with his place in the UNSC ignites a conflict with fellow cadet Walter Vickers. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a live-action digital series that takes you back to the beginning of the human and Covenant war and leads directly into the events of Halo 4. Be sure to tune in every Friday to Halo Waypoint and Machinima Prime, where you can watch the story unfold through a series of five episodes.
· Earlier this year, the Singapore White Spaces Pilot Group (SWSPG) launched a significant pilot of wireless broadband using TV White Spaces (TVWS). As part of the momentum of this pilot, the SWSPG convened a one day workshop in Singapore on Oct. 10 that brought together technology and business leaders from around the world to discuss recent progress deploying wireless broadband solutions using TV White Spaces. Read more about it over on Microsoft on the Issues.
Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog