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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