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