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It's finally here: Windows 8 has arrived. And my 60-inch touchscreen is bigger than yours.
Ok, well, it's not my touchscreen, it's Currys & PC World's touchscreen on Tottenham Court Road, put there to excite (or placate) the throngs of customers waiting for the midnight launch of Windows 8 in the UK.
While the live-streaming official introduction of Windows 8 started in the UK many hours earlier, Currys and PC World decided to throw their own party in London to welcome in the new touch-friendly OS - starting at one minute past midnight, on the dot.
To entice people to the store, there were a number of special offers. For example, an HP Pavilion G6 E2 with 6GB RAM and a 750GB hard drive was going for £249, while the same company's DV7 i7 with 6GB RAM and 1TB of memory was £599 - around £400 off the usual price, according to the retailer.
"The team at our Currys & PC World store on Tottenham Court Road is anticipating a long queue outside the store throughout Thursday evening in the run up to the 00:01 opening on Friday, October 26," a spokesman for the retailer said in a statement before the event.
Image: Ben Woods
While Currys/PC World was predicting big queues, I had my doubts before setting out. After all, the shop couldn't even sell the headline-grabbing Surface tablet - Microsoft is doing this only through its own channels.
Somewhat to my surprise, though, when I arrived at Tottenham Court Road there was a queue of around 300 people or so - almost exactly the number that got free Beats headphones with an HP purchase.
The lucky chaps at the front (pictured) had been waiting since 5pm for the store to open its doors. Number one and two were brothers - one had even flown over from Madrid for the event.
In the number-three spot was David Wiggs, who had only travelled up from Surrey but was clearly keen to get his hands on a bargain.
"It's just too good a deal to miss out on; so perfect a marriage of technology," Wiggs said. This was only the second launch event of any kind he had been to - and the first was for Windows XP. Wiggs was there to snap up an HP DV7 with Core i7 processor (and the free headphones).
Image: Ben Woods