Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., yesterday 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 starting today and will be widely available for purchase from select U.S. retailers and ToshibaDirect.com on October 26.
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. In addition, to help transition consumers to the innovative 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 today at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com and will be available for purchase beginning on October 26, 2012.