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Windows 8 Stats: By The Numbers 1-10

Written by: Jon Charles - Published: Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Windows 8’s cheap upgrade offer means there’s one more reason to upgrade to Microsoft’s newest operating system, and here’s some facts about it by the numbers.

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Rounding out the week, we thought it would be interesting to round off some facts of Windows 8 with numbers

Sort of as an extension to yesterday’s mini-FAQ on the core details of Windows 8 we thought it would be interesting to present some facts about Windows 8 through numbers. Trust us, you’ll enjoy it.

**bold number indicates the number

0: this is what people who upgrade to Windows 8 or buy the boxed copy will have to pay for Windows Media Center, which can be downloaded for free after installation. After the upgrade promotion has ended on June 31, 2013, Windows Media Center will cost money.

1: the number of upgrade editions available to Windows users (Windows Pro), which is the same as Mac OS X users (Mountain Lion). Most recently with Windows 7, for example, we had someone upgrading to just Windows Home Premium from Windows Vista.

2: the editions of Microsoft Surface to be available later this year running Windows 8 (Windows RT for Surface, and Windows Pro for Surface).

3: the number of previous versions of Windows that can upgrade to Windows 8 (XP, Vista and 7).

4: the total number of the variants of Surface available, with 32 and 64GB versions available with each version.

IE, Rumored Editions

5: the limit to the number of upgrades through the aforementioned Windows Upgrade Offer, whether going through the scheme with an existing machine or the Upgrade Offer.

6: for Internet Explorer 6, which isn’t being supported in Windows 8.

7: the version of Windows business and enterprise is most likely to use, as Metro has yet to prove it can work in a business environment.

8: the latest version of Windows.

9: the nine versions of Windows 8 rumored. They were Windows 8 Enterprise, Enterprise Evaluation Edition, Home Basic, Home Premium, a pre-release ARM edition, a regular pre-release edition, Windows 8 Professional, Professional Plus, a Starter Edition and Windows 8 Ultimate Edition.

10: the version of Internet Explorer in Windows 8, which will go full screen and remove excess UI elements as Microsoft wants to focus on creating an experience. Functions are available in the Charms bar, on the right-hand side.

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Written by: Jon Charles
Jonathan is a writer on the technology and video game industries. He is comfortable with using Mac OS X and Windows; he began using Windows with Windows XP during his early double-digit years, and started using OS X in 2009 on a MacBook Pro. He began gaming on the SNES back in the 90s.

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