Microsoft Windows 8 hits Indian shores; offers upgrade at Rs1,999

Windows 8 can be operated by touch as well as mouse and keyboard. Analysts feel that Windows 8 may emerge as good alternative but owing to application compatibility it would take some time for the OS from Microsoft to challenge others like Apple iOS and Google Android

New Delhi: Taking on competition from Apple and Google's Android, Microsoft today launched the latest version of its flagship operating system Windows 8, which is designed to work across PCs, tablets as well as smartphones.
Windows 8 can be controlled using touch (with tablets) and with mouse and keyboard (desktops).
The new operating system comes with a new start screen and adds more colours. The old start menu is replaced by tiles which showcases users' content that can be updated in real time.
"This is one of the biggest launches for us. This is the beginning of new era of computing. Windows 8 is designed to work across form factors and platforms (such as tablets)," Microsoft India Chairman Bhaskar Pramanik told reporters here.
Microsoft has partnered with 14 manufacturers, including Dell, Lenovo, HP, HCL, Acer, Asus, who together would put on sale 250 devices running on the latest Windows OS. These decives would be available in across 2,500 store in over 100 cities in India.
According to experts, while Microsoft still has the majority share in the desktop segment, its share in personal devices segment has shrunk in the recent past mainly due to increased usage of devices like smartphones and tablets, where Google's Android and Apple take the lead.
Gartner Principal Research Anaylst Vishal Tripathi said Windows 8 will emerge as good alternative but owing to application compatibility it would take some time for Windows 8 to challenge other OS on smaller form factors. ... it might not see a lot of traction in enterprise as organisations which have recently migrated to Windows 7 will give it a miss.
"It typically takes around 18 months. However, people who have recently moved to Windows 7, we don't expect them to migrate to Windows 8 as it takes at least one year for organisations to be ready for the rollout. Also there is work which needs to be done with the interface for enterprises, he said.
Windows 8 will be available in two versions, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
Consumers running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of Rs1,999.
Windows 7 PCs purchased between 2 June 2012, and 31 January 2013 can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of Rs699 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, the company said.
Microsoft is also working with its enterprise clients to help them shift to the latest version of the software.
Further, the company said with this launch, the Windows Store is now open and a plethora of global and local apps will be available for download.
In India, a range of immersive, free and paid apps can be downloaded including Bharat Matrimony, BookMyShow, Burrp, Goibibo, Hindustan Times, ICICI Bank iMobile, ICICIDirect, JustEat, MakeMyTrip Explore, MapmyIndia, Yahoo Cricket, and Zovi.
Recently, Microsoft also underwent a rebranding exercise, wherein it introduced a new logo for the first time in 25 years.
Also the company is expected to launch its first tablet Surface in India that will run on Windows 8 soon. Earlier this week, Apple made headline with the launch of the latest tablet iPad mini.




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After MCA, Income Tax too begins probing Gadkari companies

The I-T department has already started gathering documents related with the 18 companies who had invested in the BJP president related Purti Power and Sugar

Mumbai: After Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), the Income Tax department too has launched a probe to trace the source of funding of various companies that invested in Bhartiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari's company Purti Power and Sugar Ltd (PPSL), reports PTI.


"We will trace the source the funds of the companies including the 18 companies that invested in Purti," a top IT official told PTI on condition of anonymity.


He said prima facie 'shell' companies (inactive firms used as a vehicle for various financial manoeuvres or kept dormant for future use in some other capacity) had pumped money into PPSL.


Sources in the department said a report would be submitted to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) shortly.


"We have already started gathering documents relating to these companies," they said, adding officials in the investigation wing of the department in Mumbai and Pune were involved in the probe.


Officials of the investing companies would be summoned in due course and, if needed, the BJP chief would also be asked to be present, the sources said.


Gadkari is at the centre of a raging controversy over funding of PPSL with media reports claiming that major investments and large loans to Purti were made by Ideal Road Builders (IRB) group, which had won contracts between 1995 and 1999, when the BJP chief was PWD minister in Maharashtra.


Media reports also claimed that shell companies were floated for making investments and their fake addresses were submitted to the Registrar of Companies (RoC).


On Tuesday, Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily had said that Registrars of Companies would inquire into the allegations.


On his part, Gadkari has denied the allegations and said he was prepared for a probe.


Petrol price to go up by 30 paise a litre, diesel 18 paise

The government increased dealer commission on petrol to Rs1.799 per litre and on diesel to Rs1.09 per liter, which in effect would increase petrol and diesel prices by 30 paise and 18 paise, respectively, either from today or tomorrow

New Delhi: Petrol price will be hiked by 30 paise per litre and diesel rate by 18 paise a litre across the country after the Union government decided to increase the commission paid to petrol pump dealers, reports PTI.


The Petroleum Ministry on Thursday decided to increase the dealer commission on petrol from Rs1.499 per litre to Rs1.799 a litre. The same on diesel has been hiked from 91 paise to Rs1.09 a litre, official sources said.


They said the hike would be effective either today or from tomorrow, depending on when the ministry issues a formal letter to oil companies.


Petrol is currently priced at Rs67.90 per litre in Delhi and diesel Rs46.95. After the hike, petrol will cost Rs68.2 per litre and diesel Rs47.13 a litre.


The increase in dealer commission is the first since July 2011. In July, the commission was hiked by 28 paise on petrol and by 15.5 paise on diesel.


Federation of All India Petroleum Traders General Secretary Ajay Bansal said the hike is short of their demand of 67 paise increase in commission on petrol and 42 paise on diesel, considering steep hike in operating cost of a petrol pump.


"A few of our operating costs like running pumps on generators, free services (like air and water) and increase in evaporation, seem to have not been taken into account while calculating the proposed commission," he said.


The Ministry, he said, has assured to look into these in two months time.


The government had earlier this month hiked commission paid to LPG distributors by Rs11.42 per cylinder. Subsidised LPG in Delhi now cost Rs410.42 per cylinder, up from Rs399.


The increase in commission paid to LPG dealers from Rs25.83 per 14.2-kg cylinder to Rs37.25 from 7th October.


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