When Windows 8 is released, and it won’t be long now, it will likely be one of the most anticipated Microsoft releases. As we work with and learn more about Windows 8, we see there are major differences and improvements from past versions. That theme continues with the latest news on how Windows 8 will be delivered to users.
In a recent blog posting Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will offered digitally as well as on DVD. The ability to upgrade Windows via an online download is the first of its kind for Windows and is something that, if successful, will make the move to a new operating system exponentially simpler for users.
The approach to the new digital upgrade came from research provided during the Windows 7 release where users performed compatibility tests along with easy transfer of files and settings. Windows 8 will combine those two tasks making the transition smoother and hopefully easier for users. Users who choose to upgrade will have the option to select their media (USB, DVD) and unlike installations in the past, digital downloads and upgrades will automatically be assigned a Windows key which will not need to be entered during install.
Microsoft intends to speed up the process considerably by using the data collected from the compatibility report to bypass the usual pre-install settings of language, geographic location and other user specific data.
While Microsoft is not the first to do digital upgrades, they are making a huge step forward to make upgrading quicker and simpler. It’s a good sign that Microsoft wants to be more current and follow the trend of online delivery. For those who can’t or still need to purchase the physical DVD media for installations, Microsoft will still be offering them in addition to the digital upgrades.
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