Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., has announced that its consumer line-up of Satellite laptops and Ultrabooks, Qosmio laptops as well as its All-in-One desktops featuring Windows 8 are available for pre-order.
Toshiba’s new laptops feature spacious touchpads with Windows 8 gesture support to allow users to perform gestures on the touchpad as they would on a touchscreen device.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has released new details about its Microsoft Surface, a tablet PC designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows.
In addition, to help transition consumers to the interface in Windows 8, Toshiba’s new PCs come pre-installed with Toshiba Desktop Assist, a utility designed to give users easy access to their programs, control panel, as well as files and folders, similar to the Start Menu in previous versions of Windows.
The PCs include three new Windows apps – Toshiba Central, Toshiba Book Place and Toshiba News Place – redeveloped as tiles for the new Start Screen.
Toshiba Central provides easy access to the user guide, support information, how-to videos and more. Toshiba Book Place is an e-book reader and marketplace with access to millions of titles. Toshiba News Place provides an easily accessible and graphical news aggregator.
Toshiba’s Windows 8 products are all available for pre-order at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com and will be available for purchase beginning on Oct. 26.