Windows 8 Previews Expire Under a Month; New TV Ad Demo Windows 8 Simplicity; Free 90-Days Office 365 for SMBs

Windows 8 Release Previews just under a month will expire, check the list below for expiring dates of each preview release of Windows 8: "Windows 8 Developer Preview: January 15, 2013; Windows 8 Consumer Preview: January 16, 2013; and Windows 8 Release Preview: January 16, 2013.""Is Windows 8 really simple?" To anster the question, Microsoft's […]

Windows 8 Release Previews just under a month will expire, check the list below for expiring dates of each preview release of Windows 8: "Windows 8 Developer Preview: January 15, 2013; Windows 8 Consumer Preview: January 16, 2013; and Windows 8 Release Preview: January 16, 2013."

Windows 8 Release Previews Expires in 2nd-week of January 2013

"Is Windows 8 really simple?"

To anster the question, Microsoft's Portugal team aired a three minute television commercial asserts Windows 8 is simple with footage of an interesting stunt at a real electronics store selling Windows 8 PCs.

The premise of the stunt is that curious shoppers are asked to wait for a "small demonstration" of Windows 8 by a store expert.

And, to help build a Windows Store app that takes advantage of Windows 8 features, the Redmond company shared a number of tools and resources.

Developer can download library of Photoshop design assets, review techinal and design guidance, and take a look at the pre-defined animations here.

And, watch the video below to look at how Allrecipes takes advantage of the unique Windows 8 experience:

Microsoft is also offering a free 90 day trial of the Microsoft Office 365 suite to Small businesses. "Businesses can sign up for this trial until the end of February, and is limited to 10 accounts."

Office 375 free for 90 days to Small Businesses

"If you're a small business, there's no better time to try Office 365 than now. Starting today, Microsoft is offering a 90-day free trial offer for organizations with up to 10 users. Companies can sign up for this new free offer through the end of February." Said the blog.

"Our cloud-based productivity service provides businesses with an uncompromised solution to create, collaborate, and connect including business class email, online meetings, and anywhere access to documents--all without the IT hasslem," Microsoft wrote.

"Small businesses that purchase and activate a copy of Microsoft Office Home & Business 2010 or Microsoft Office Professional 2010 will receive a 90-day free trial of Office 365 Small Business Premium for up to five users. Office 365 Small Business Premium combines the power of Office 365 small business services with Office software for your users' PCs or Macs," the company added.

Check out Office.com/offer for more details, and sign up here for free three-months trial.

Update: Microsoft now asking for Windows 7 products IDs to avail the $14.99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer that vaild until January 31, 2013.

"When Microsoft first started this effort back in August, all people had to do to qualify for this offer was to go to the Windows 8 Pro upgrade page and type in the PC model name and maker, and the date which you bought the PC. Now, Microsoft also require users to type in their unique Windows 7 product ID in order to get the $14.99 upgrade."