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Microsoft showcases Windows 8 in UAE

Customers and partners experience touch-enabled OS at Burj Khalifa

Microsoft showcases Windows 8 in UAE
The touch-enabled Windows 8 runs on over 1,000 certified devices.

Microsoft showcased its touch-enabled Windows 8 operating system to customers and partners at the Burj Khalifa yesterday, some weeks after its international launch.

Antoine Leblond, corporate vice president for Windows Web Services at Microsoft Corp and Ali Faramawy, corporate vice president Microsoft Corporation and president, Microsoft Middle East & Africa, discussed the opportunity Windows 8 brings to consumers, businesses and developers. 

"Windows 8 offers a no-compromise platform, giving you the same experience on a touch device as through mouse and keyboard," said Leblond.

"Windows 8 builds on what is great about Windows 7 - it works well side-by-side with existing Windows 7 infrastructure to deliver the experiences people love and the enterprise-grade solutions organisations need. Windows 8 also helps companies improve the way they do business through immersive apps developed to better reach employees and improve customers' experiences."

The OS will be available on more than 1,000 certified PCs and tablets on a wide variety of screen sizes, configurations, and designs, and is supported by thousands of apps available in the Windows Store. 

"The innovation Windows 8 is sparking in the region is impressive," said Faramawy.

"Just a few weeks after its global launch, Windows 8 is already transforming the lives of consumers, businesses and economies through a set of amazing new devices and rich apps. UAE Smart Learning is a great example of how technology is helping to make the region more competitive internationally by equipping students with access to latest technology."

Microsoft highlighted early deployment customers, including British Telecom, Emirates Airlines and UAE Smart Learning.

"[Those customers are] already taking advantage of enterprise benefits - from enhanced fundamentals with security, performance and manageability to new features like Windows To Go that offer new possibilities in mobile productivity," the company said.

Microsoft also announced new apps from DEWA, Time Out Dubai and Fedex ‘Shop & Ship'. These and other apps are available on the recently opened Windows Store.

The Windows Store represents a major opportunity for developers, argues Microsoft, with the "largest potential market of any platform as all-new and upgraded Windows PCs can run Windows Store apps. Developers using the Windows Store for their apps have the most control over their business, the most favorable terms, and the most flexibility in their code."

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