Windows 8 Preview and New Microsoft Hardware #WindowsChampions

by Carrie with Children with 3 comments

A few weeks ago at BlogHer’12, I spent some time at the Microsoft Windows area in the expo hall. With beautiful PCs and hardware on display,  I was very interested in checking out the new Windows 8 technology being released on October 26th.

Samsung Series 7 Slate with Windows 8

I had a Windows 8 demo on the new Samsung Series 7 Slate  – it’s a fantastic looking PC that can be used as a touchscreen tablet device or paired with a keyboard and wireless mouse.  (I’ve already put in a request for Santa Claus to bring me this PC. Fingers crossed.)

I found the new Windows 8 very easy to use.  With the ability to pin apps to the Start screen and scroll through the pages, I thought the customization was really great.   I’m a news junkie, so I spent time reading through the topics of the day, I especially loved the weather app – bright, colorful and extremely detailed.

And don’t anyone tell Maggie that there is a really fun coloring/paint app on the new Windows 8.  I’ll never be able to use my PC again if she finds out.  It is really cool and extremely life like, especially mixing paint colors together right on the screen. It’s fun!

The Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse (far left photo below) is a sleek looking mouse that has BlueTrack Technology, allowing it to be used on any surface.  It’s extremely lightweight and I’d never try it – but it could easily fit in your pocket.

The Microsoft Wedge Keyboard (pictured above) uses BlueTooth technology and is made for those looking for an alternative to typing on a tablet.  What I especially liked about this keyboard is that it comes with a case that also doubles as a tablet stand.

Windows 8 Microsoft Hardware

If you are need of a new PC right now and can’t wait for Windows 8 to come out… have no fear!  Any eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased now qualify for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer. You’ve got nothing to lose!

Have you seen the new Windows 8?  What did you think about it?


**I am a member of the Windows Champions blogger program. As part of this arrangement, I have been loaned a Windows 7 PC for the course of year and have the opportunity to learn about Windows and Microsoft products. I’m also excited to share information with you.**


  • Colleen

    I would love to be in a room with all that technology too! I didn’t know it was coming out, we are still on XP here at work only a few on Windows 7.

    • Carrie with Children

      I’m excited to get my hands on Windows 8, the preview version had some great improvements! Maybe your work computers will skip right to 8 🙂