Microsoft has opened new Windows 8 operating system for pre orders with pricing details of its new operating system, sheduled to be released on the 26th of this month.
The company has also released a 30 second commercial on its upcoming operating system highlighting some of the aspects of Windows 8.
Following the scheduled launch, the new operating system will also be available for download onto PCs operating on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Microsoft OEM Division corporate vice president Nick Parker said Windows 8 gives Microsoft and its partners the opportunity to think differently and creatively about hardware design with new materials, hinges, touch panels and edgeless displays.
"The approach to hardware design and breadth of innovation across all types of PCs results in an incredible amount of choice for customers," Parker said.
According to Microsoft, PC makers including Acer, Asustek, Dell, HP, Samsung and Sony have also commenced taking pre-orders for systems pre-installed with Windows 8 OS.
The new OS will also be compatible for tablets which will support multitouch and the firm is expecting more to come to market following the launch of the product.
"We’ve already seen how popular tablets can be with consumers, and virtually every major manufacturer is coming to market with an offering, at a range of price points," Parker said.
Analysts of of view that the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system would be a potentially risky gamble which the software giant must take to stay relevant in a market dominated by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.