Windows 8 — which was released to manufacturing just last week — will be hitting the shelves on October 26, but it looks like we won’t have to wait until then to get a look at what the actual, physical packaging for the OS will look like. The Verge got their hands on PR shots of the packaging for Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, which are the only two SKUs that will be available in stores (yay!).
Both boxes show off the new Windows 8 logo that the company debuted a few months ago, along with a touch of some pretty nice artwork that appears to draw inspiration from Adobe’s packaging. The Windows 8 box sports a white background and blue text, while the Windows 8 Pro packaging has a dark grey (or lighter black) background and white text. As you can see, it’s very clean and simple and shows that Microsoft has been paying more and more attention to design and its importance as of late.
Now, I think that many upcoming Windows 8 users won’t even be getting their hands on the actual boxed copy. Most consumers will be upgrading to Windows 8 by more than likely purchasing a new PC that comes with it preinstalled rather than buying the boxed copy and upgrading their existing machine, and most enthusiasts will upgrade by purchasing the OS digitally and downloading it. Nevertheless, the packaging is still pretty awesome.
Just a brief reminder: No matter how you’ll purchase it, Windows 8 will be generally available on October 26.