Windows 8 launch in Australia proves to be popular

Who would've thought? People getting excited about a Windows release. Three years ago, this wouldn't have been the case, but tonight, at the Windows 8 launch in Australia, Long Zheng was surprised to find stores were actually pretty crowded.

A retailer in Australia -- Harvey Norman -- was open at midnight and threw a party (complete with prizes for the occasion). The crowd that turned up is actually pretty impressive, and the company had fitted out the entire store (including their TV lineup) with Windows 8.

It's pretty surprising to see so many people turn out for the launch, but in Australia it was pushed extremely hard on radio and TV, and there were significant prizes given out to people such as Windows Phones and Ultrabooks, so why wouldn't you be there?

If this is how it went down in Australia, we're excited to see how the popup stores in America fare with the Surface RT being released alongside Windows 8 later today. Are you planning on heading down to a launch event?

Source: iStartedSomething

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Windows 8 was pushed extremely hard on radio and tv?
I didn't notice but I guess I don't listen to the radio or watch commercial television so I probably missed it all

From what I saw last night, it was in fact very popular. Car park was full at the Canberra Harvey Norman. Lots of people coming and going with Windows 8 boxes in hand.

I think people are underestimating 8 and its ability to refresh an older PC to something half decent.

- Kaboose - said,
wow, gotta love sensationalist articles, we don't even know the sales yet and they are already calling it "popular"

Did you ever see a crowd for any windows launch? This is "sensational" for me...

Rudy said,
That box....wtf happened? Looks like someone puked paint all over it

Yeah tbh they look like boxes of detergents.
Think it would have been nice if they also had customized bootable flash drives, similar to what Apple does for its service packs and because optical drives are fading out.

Tyler R. said,
Ohhh....fudge muffins....I think I might actually give in and buy an OEM copy. They're 99 bucks right?

For windows 8 core. Pro is $139.99, amazon is having $30.00 oem/systembuilder versions with code WIN8SYST

blckhood said,

Whoop, What I meant to say was, you can take $30 off the $99 with that code at checkout. Sorry, didn't mean to imply it was $30 with the code.

awww....you got my hopes up. Thank you, tho!!! I'll use this code and order sometime this weekend.

Tyler R. said,

awww....you got my hopes up. Thank you, tho!!! I'll use this code and order sometime this weekend.

Np, but you have to use the code by today! 10/25

warwagon said,
This just means people bought it. Just wait until they actually go to use it.

It's amazing! Can't wait to convince my boss to let me update my own laptop now, bye bye w7, hello 8!

warwagon said,
This just means people bought it. Just wait until they actually go to use it.
I have been using it since volume licensing availability in august and its growing on me.

If you pin your most used programs to the task bar in desktop mode, you will very rarely use the metro start menu.

warwagon said,
This just means people bought it. Just wait until they actually go to use it.

What will you be saying 6 months from now when its still selling great? I'm going to have fun trolling people like you.

NoClipMode said,

What will you be saying 6 months from now when its still selling great? I'm going to have fun trolling people like you.

and if it isnt i'll have fun trolling people like you

Just goes to show the general public is far more intelligent than given credit for. Most people will transition to Windows 8 with little or no problems.

All of the FUD spewed on this and other websites is bunk.

COKid said,
....

Best part is, they'll finally enjoy using a Microsoft product, without all that messy 'computerness' that IT pros have been forcing down their throats for years.