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Windows 8 now available in 140 markets, upgrades start at just $15

Windows 8 Launch

Microsoft (MSFT) on Thursday took to New York City to announce availability of its brand new Windows operating system in more than 140 markets around the world. Windows 8 and Windows RT usher in the new face of Windows, a tile-based interface that combines shortcuts and widgets into tiles that can deliver live information to the user. Windows RT is a “lite” version of the platform compatible only with specially made applications, while Windows 8 combines Windows RT with classic Windows that is compatible with legacy and new x86 software. Windows 8 is available starting at just $39.99 for a limited time and upgrades from Windows 7 start at just $14.99. Microsoft’s debut tablet, the Surface, will launch tomorrow starting at $499.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.