Microsoft's Windows 8 Retail Packaging and Box Art Pops Up Online

Paul Lilly

There are a million and one questions surrounding Windows 8. Is the world ready for a touch-friendly operating system? What will the user interface formerly known as Metro and temporarily referred to as "Windows 8 style UI" be called? Will Windows 8 kill the PC industry and drive a stake in the heart of PC gaming as we know it? Is it wrong for a vegetarian to eat animal crackers? That last one has nothing to do with Windows 8, we're just curious. Getting back on topic, there's is one thing we learned about Windows 8 today, and that's what the retail box art will look like.

The folks over at The Verge posted what they claim are renderings of the official retail packaging for Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, which are the only boxed versions you'll ever find on store shelves. Windows 8 is identified by a bright white box and Windows 8 Pro by a darker grayish color, both of which sport the newly designed Windows logo in slim packaging.

Windows 8 is scheduled to go on sale to the general public starting October 26, 2012. That's also when OEMs will be able to sell PCs with Windows 8 pre-installed using the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) copies that went out a week ago today .

Image Credit: The Verge

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