Laplink releases PCmover Windows 8 Beta Assistant

Laplink’s new PCmover migration product is designed to automatically move files, settings, user accounts, applications, and more, helping channel pros and SMBs to perform comprehensive testing of Windows 8.

Developer Laplink Software Inc. has announced its pending release of PCmover Windows 8 Beta Assistant. The official release will be this week, on Jan. 5.

Based on Laplink’s migration product, PCmover Windows 8 Beta Assistant is designed to automatically move files, settings, user accounts, applications, and more from Windows 7 to Windows 8, making it easier for SMBs and channel pros to perform comprehensive testing of Windows 8.

PCmover Windows 8 Beta Assistant will be available for download via www.laplink.com and can be used to perform an unlimited number of migrations at no charge prior to July 2012.

PCmover Windows 8 Beta Assistant will work with the Windows 8 Developer Preview as well as all of the upcoming Beta releases and RC (release candidate) builds.

The source PC must be running Windows 7 (64-bit), and the new PC must be running Windows 8 (64-bit) — either or both PCs can be physical or virtual machines.

“PCmover is a ‘Day Zero’ utility,” explains Neil Minetto, Laplink’s director of marketing. “You want to have it downloaded and ready to use before you set up a Windows 8 environment, not a week or two afterwards.

That’s why we encourage everyone to download PCmover Windows 8 Beta Assistant right away.”

Minetto says the decision to offer the software for free was deliberate. “We could probably charge for this and do pretty well so far as short term revenue,” he says, “but more importantly, we want to do what we can to support the Windows ecosystem. And, if users have a great experience with PCmover when testing Windows 8, then Laplink will benefit in the future when we release our official Windows 8 version of PCmover.”

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