Microsoft unveils Windows 8 box art, comes in 5 flavors

If you have been upset that you and your neighbors both had the same box for your retail copy of Windows 7, fret not, as Windows 8 will bring with it 5 variations for you to choose from. While announcing earlier today that Windows 8 is officially up for pre-order, Microsoft also showed off the box art for the new platform.

Windows 8 will come in five flavors, which you can see here in this post. Why the different colors? Why not? While we do not have a firm answer as to why there are 5 different variations of box art of the same product, options are never a a bad thing.

So, after taking a look at all five options, will the colorful packaging sway you from a digital download or are you determined to purchase what might be the last physical copy of Windows to ever be sold on retail shelves?

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I think that it's just that, this is most likely the very last version of Windows to come in a retail box, and they are trying to go out with a bang

I think it's much better than the too-bright XP boxes, and the boring Vista/7 boxes. But I'm so old, I think WinNT 4 Workstation had the best box art.

I will definitely buy the box copy as the last box copy I ever purchased was in 1995 (when I waited in the midnight queue for Windows95). Darn, I feel old and I'm not even 40 yet!!

I see what MS is doing here, they are making the box so ugly as to drive everyone to digital download. And 5 hideous choices at that.

The King of GnG said,
Windows 8 - a product that has so much trouble with its identity that can't even decide the damn box cover.

Windows 8 is troublesome because of its box art? wat.

The King of GnG said,
Windows 8 - a product that has so much trouble with its identity that can't even decide the damn box cover.

Im no fanboy but I do think some of the old Im a mac and im a PC ads were funny, and its shame they arent still going, they could have a lot of fun with that one.

I really don't "get" the box art for Windows 8 at all. It's almost '90s tacky. Does the "Saved By the Bell" theme song start playing when you open a flap on the box? Microsoft has given us (developers) the tools and guidance to create elegant and clean-looking applications. *None* of that guidance was heeded here!

Skwerl said,
I really don't "get" the box art for Windows 8 at all. It's almost '90s tacky. Does the "Saved By the Bell" theme song start playing when you open a flap on the box? Microsoft has given us (developers) the tools and guidance to create elegant and clean-looking applications. *None* of that guidance was heeded here!

Sounds like you should apply for a job within the marketing team of Microsoft. That or send them an angrily written letter letting them know how much distress their box art has caused you.

Skwerl said,
I really don't "get" the box art for Windows 8 at all. It's almost '90s tacky. Does the "Saved By the Bell" theme song start playing when you open a flap on the box? Microsoft has given us (developers) the tools and guidance to create elegant and clean-looking applications. *None* of that guidance was heeded here!

+1

MidTxWRX said,

Sounds like you should apply for a job within the marketing team of Microsoft. That or send them an angrily written letter letting them know how much distress their box art has caused you.

Uh huh. Because obviously my comment was full of anger and distress. If I go work there, I know *just* the person who I'd want to be my bitchy admin assistant!

Skwerl said,
I really don't "get" the box art for Windows 8 at all. It's almost '90s tacky. Does the "Saved By the Bell" theme song start playing when you open a flap on the box? Microsoft has given us (developers) the tools and guidance to create elegant and clean-looking applications. *None* of that guidance was heeded here!

The point is to show off the idea of "easy but powerful" the simple foreground represents the easy part while the complex and oddly gaudy background represents the powerful portion. It's annoying to be sure, but I "get" it.

Skwerl said,

Uh huh. Because obviously my comment was full of anger and distress. If I go work there, I know *just* the person who I'd want to be my bitchy admin assistant!

Lol not me!

gohatters said,
All this waiting is killing me. All I want is a Surface Pro! Is that so much to ask?

That doesn't come out until January. It's not even that great, the transformer style tablets are better, they're more easily used as laptops and just as good of tablets.

mrp04 said,

That doesn't come out until January. It's not even that great, the transformer style tablets are better, they're more easily used as laptops and just as good of tablets.

I am pretty excited for some of those as well. But I'll be so ****ed with myself if i get one and then end up liking the surface pro more

Although I love the creativity of having your own "semi-personalized" box cover art, I just can't help but wonder what kind of in-store sales hell this is going to cause. As soon as I saw the pictures above I started wondering "Wait - what's the difference between these two boxes, they both say Windows 8 Pro".

Maybe it's just me - cool idea though.

SeBsZ said,
Although I love the creativity of having your own "semi-personalized" box cover art, I just can't help but wonder what kind of in-store sales hell this is going to cause. As soon as I saw the pictures above I started wondering "Wait - what's the difference between these two boxes, they both say Windows 8 Pro".

Maybe it's just me - cool idea though.

I had the exact same reaction.

SeBsZ said,
Although I love the creativity of having your own "semi-personalized" box cover art, I just can't help but wonder what kind of in-store sales hell this is going to cause. As soon as I saw the pictures above I started wondering "Wait - what's the difference between these two boxes, they both say Windows 8 Pro".

Maybe it's just me - cool idea though.

Here's to assuming sales reps will be knowledgeable enough to let customers know that its the same product just different art.

I'm confident Best Buy, Fry's, and other computer companies will train their employees.

I feel bad for any noobster that tries purchasing Windows 8 at Walmart though.

MidTxWRX said,

Here's to assuming sales reps will be knowledgeable enough to let customers know that its the same product just different art.

I'm confident Best Buy, Fry's, and other computer companies will train their employees.

I feel bad for any noobster that tries purchasing Windows 8 at Walmart though.


I'm sorry, but when is the last time you were at a best buy. At least the best buys where I do my shopping have multiple employees who are uneducated about the products that they are responsible for selling. I'm not saying that they are all like that, just saying that my brother and I have had several instances where we ask a best buy employee something and gotten an answer that is either completely wrong or an "I don't know." This is my problem with best buy. I a person who could actually tell you every specification of a phone you pick up, but haven't had any official retail sales experience can't get a job, but the guy who knows absolutely nothing about a product but happened to have a job at a local grocery store can and will get a job. My opinion is that the people who own best buy really don't care about the consumer, not even the bottom line, they just care about experience in their employees. IDK how much best buy pays their workers, but I'd be willing to work for minimum wage, and I'm sure that those with experience want a little more if not a lot more than that./rant

slayr007 said,

I'm sorry, but when is the last time you were at a best buy. At least the best buys where I do my shopping have multiple employees who are uneducated about the products that they are responsible for selling. I'm not saying that they are all like that, just saying that my brother and I have had several instances where we ask a best buy employee something and gotten an answer that is either completely wrong or an "I don't know." This is my problem with best buy. I a person who could actually tell you every specification of a phone you pick up, but haven't had any official retail sales experience can't get a job, but the guy who knows absolutely nothing about a product but happened to have a job at a local grocery store can and will get a job. My opinion is that the people who own best buy really don't care about the consumer, not even the bottom line, they just care about experience in their employees. IDK how much best buy pays their workers, but I'd be willing to work for minimum wage, and I'm sure that those with experience want a little more if not a lot more than that./rant

Well I worked at Best Buy in 2007-2009. I worked in a few different departments, including Media, Home Theater, Computers, and Geek Squad.

I'm a technology geek so I did extremely well in any department. But everyone that worked within those departments also knew their stuff. All the guys in the computer department knew lots of stuff. Almost as much as myself.

After I left, I heard about Best Buy implementing some sort of "floating" employees that just helped out in the departments that were swamped. I'm assuming they are the issue you're describing. I was sad to hear they did that.

My store was great, I miss it. But I've also heard horror stories about other stores.

I got paid $12/hr back in 2008. I was 19 years old and had a CompTIA A+ IT Professional certification when I started. Although that didnt seem to make a difference.

SeBsZ said,
Although I love the creativity of having your own "semi-personalized" box cover art, I just can't help but wonder what kind of in-store sales hell this is going to cause. As soon as I saw the pictures above I started wondering "Wait - what's the difference between these two boxes, they both say Windows 8 Pro".

Maybe it's just me - cool idea though.

FFS people complain if there are no options then they complain if there are options!!! The box art looks pretty cool and theres nothing stopping retailers from showing one style at a time!!