Microsoft will officially release the new Windows 8 operating system in about two weeks and the product will go on sale globally, as the company plans to sell millions of copies before year-end.Windows 8 however will be launched in India with just 11 Indian languages, Christopher Flores, director, Windows Communications, told the Business Line.
While that’s not at all encouraging for Indian users, the Redmond-based technology giant plans to add more regional languages after the big launch. All new languages will be delivered to Windows 8 Indian computers via the Windows Update tool.
Windows 8 will be rolled out with a total of 109 languages from all over the world, 14 more than Windows 7 at the time of its debut.
The new operating system is already enjoying a great success, according to Microsoft’s very own statements. The product is still in beta stage, with the final version to be unveiled on October 25 in New York.
Microsoft said over the weekend that Windows 8 is its most tested pre-released product ever developed, which somewhat confirms Steve Ballmer’s expectations to sell millions of copies in 2013.
“Across all the milestones we’ve announced for this reimagined version of the world’s best-selling operating system – Windows 8 is the most widely used and tested pre-release product we’ve ever delivered,” Microsoft said in a blog post a few days ago.
While there are no official statistics on the matter, one of the first Windows 8 iterations, the Consumer Preview, was downloaded by more than 1 million users only in its first day of availability.