Currys & PC World in London to hold Windows 8 launch event

If you live in London and want to be one of the first to buy a Windows 8-based PC, you can head over to the Currys & PC World store on Tottenham Court Road on Thursday night. That's where a special midnight launch event for Microsoft's next OS will be held.

In a press release today, the owners of the store, Dixons Retail, announced that sales of Windows 8 PCs will start at that store at 12:01 am on Friday. The company will also be selling some HP-based PCs for a reduced price for that night only. The press release said:

The HP Pavilion G6 E2 with 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive is selling for just £249; the HP Envy A6 with 4GB RAM and 500GB of memory is down £150 to £349; the Envy M6 i5 with 8GB RAM and 1TB memory is £300 off at just £399; and the DV7 i7 with 6GB RAM and 1TB of memory is a massive £400 off, down to £599.

The first 300 people who buy a new HP PC at the store that night will also get a free pair of Beats Solo headphones, normally worth £150. Currys & PC World is trying to make a true event out of this promotion, offering people who show up a chance to use Windows 8 on a 60 inch touch screen. While big, that's still not as large as Microsoft's own 82-inch Windows 8 display that it showed off earlier this year.

The store also promises to feed people who show up with "warming cups of tea and coffee as well as hot comfort food such as doughnuts and sausage rolls. "

Source: Dixons Retail press release | Image via Microsoft

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metro looks like crap on a large lcd. ill say this again, w8 is meant for touchscreens only. every commercial, advertisement only shows a touchscreen. lets see how the masses like it with a mouse. here's a hint microsoft, get your act together.

warwagon said,
Is it just me or does tile interface look even more retarded on that HUGE screen they are pointing at.

This UI scales better to larger screens 100x better than iOS would. Icon. Space. Icon. Space. Icon.

dtboos said,

This UI scales better to larger screens 100x better than iOS would. Icon. Space. Icon. Space. Icon.

Exactly the larger resolution display the more content you can fit on-screen. iOS is limited in resolutions it can display and it just scales up the images instead of showing more content.

warwagon said,
Is it just me or does tile interface look even more retarded on that HUGE screen they are pointing at.

Are you ****ing kidding? It looks absolutely incredible in bigger screens. In fact I wanna get one of those big touch monitors for my next custom Win 8 rig.

Lprd2007 said,

Are you ****ing kidding? It looks absolutely incredible in bigger screens. In fact I wanna get one of those big touch monitors for my next custom Win 8 rig.

I'm sorry but If I have a BIG monitor I want to cover it with productive open applications. Not one giant wall of tiles.

warwagon said,

I'm sorry but If I have a BIG monitor I want to cover it with productive open applications. Not one giant wall of tiles.

For people like you, me, and plenty of other people the "Modern UI" paradigm is essentially useless.

warwagon said,

I'm sorry but If I have a BIG monitor I want to cover it with productive open applications. Not one giant wall of tiles.

So do that then, its not like anyone's stopping you opening the desktop and a bunch of desktop apps, its ONE FREEKING CLICK AWAY! The only change is windows now starts with the start screen and shows live tiles with real data in real time, one click and you have desktop - I seriously can not understand how this simple one click is causing so much commotion!

warwagon said,

I'm sorry but If I have a BIG monitor I want to cover it with productive open applications. Not one giant wall of tiles.

I swear you people have no brains in your heads.

I have two 30" 2560x1600 monitors and the new Start screen is GREAT on larger displays.

I use the desktop almost all the time, but when i do need to use the Start screen i get more stuff displayed to me than the old Start Menu did, as Metro scales. And when i use Search it displays up to 150 search results, again as it scales with res. Where as the old Start Menu only shows 20 items and don't scale.

You people and your tiny minds seem to think that MS want you to only use Metro or it's the only option. If you adjust, and make use of it to suit your needs, like i have, then it's far better.