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Both the upgrade and new PC versions will be available on this date

Hold onto your shorts, Microsoft fans -- Windows 8 has an official release date, and it's October 26. 
 
Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky announced the fall launch date today at the tech giant's annual sales meeting. Both the upgrade and new PC versions will be available on this date. 
 
Windows 8 has been a long time coming. Its development began before Windows 7 even shipped in 2009, but the operating system was officially unveiled on June 1, 2011. 
 
Later, in September 2011, Microsoft revealed the Windows Developer Preview for building Metro style UI applications during the BUILD conference. In February 2012, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was finally released, and in May, the Windows 8 Release Preview was unleashed. 
 
A prominent feature of Windows 8 is the new Metro style user interface, which offers a tile-based Start screen where each tile represents an application. The colorful, more playful UI has received mixed reviews from many who say it's either a refreshing change or a disgrace to the Windows name. 
 
Microsoft plans to place Windows 8 on many devices from PCs to Windows Phone to its upcoming tablet entry called Surface. The new tablet is set to feature a 10.6-inch screen, a 3 mm case that doubles as a thin keyboard, pen-input technology called digital ink, a 9.3 mm frame, and Wi-Fi only at launch. There will be two versions of the Surface tablet: the Windows RT model with a Tegra 3 processor and 32/64 GB SSD options, and the Windows 8 Pro model with Intel's Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors and 64/128 GB SSD options. 
 
It was announced last week that Microsoft was planning an October release, but now, those eagerly awaiting a new Windows 8 machine can rest assure that an exact day is set. 

Source: Windows Blog



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What a load of xchrapiola
By jpkelly05 on 7/18/2012 9:06:41 PM , Rating: -1
"Hold on to your shorts"

Diarrhea is what the UI would give me.

I hated the look of it before I tried it at the Microsoft store. My total experience with this POS version was absolute disbelief in what MS is trying to say is a good product. I give them a A for effort because it is very different. But an F for just plain trash visually. It made me feel like they just said to themselves, if we build anything and put Windows on the Label, most people would buy it - or would be forced too in an OEM Laptop/Desktop build. I would love to see Android come up with a OS version for Laptop/Desktop with support for drivers and older model computers. Yup- I know I am dreaming but that would cripple the evil empire MS to a point of no return. I am sorry that I am a little bitter, I just find every version of MS to be a little to pricey for what they offer. Linux can offer the same for less. Although if you are a gamer, - nah. Just stay with Win7- It is a wonderful experience.




RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By chromal on 7/18/2012 9:17:23 PM , Rating: 3
The metro UI is truly unwelcome on my desktop, too. I didn't build a decent PC with a >1080P display to single-task (unless it's a game, anyway)


By BubbaJoe TBoneMalone on 7/19/2012 12:13:35 PM , Rating: 1
I have no plans DOWNgrading my Aero GUI on my desktop computer for that Metro CR*P! Windows 7 for life!


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Connoisseur on 7/18/2012 9:18:15 PM , Rating: 4
Ha, I think it's funny how you said:
"I am sorry that I am a little bitter, I just find every version of MS to be a little to pricey for what they offer"

and then two sentences later you say:
"stay with Win7- It is a wonderful experience"


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By mcnabney on 7/19/12, Rating: -1
RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Taft12 on 7/19/2012 4:13:21 PM , Rating: 1
The consumer's price for Windows hasn't changed for decades:

Free with the purchase of your OEM desktop or laptop


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By stm1185 on 7/18/2012 10:02:52 PM , Rating: 2
I'm expecting a lot of Linux fanboy rants and the usual "im scared of change" posts. Already got 1 of both.

Been using the release preview on my HTPC for awhile now. Was against Metro going into it, but I love it now. It's is absolutely beautiful on a 55inch HDTV. I've come to accept that it's different, and once I got over the learning curve, I can't see how it's worse. The Desktop is still there, the start button is not, but I haven't needed it.

It's breathed new life into my old HTPC. Windows 8 boots ridiculously faster then XP did, talking whole minutes here. It is fluid and responsive. Web Browsing now feels like im using my 2600k SSD tower, when before it felt like I was using my Android phone.

I haven't tried it on my primary machine; because its a production machine that I need stable. But I am looking forward to it. I figure i'll work like I always do in the standard desktop, but start using the Metro screen to quickly check for new messages, or my calendar, and access the same type of info apps I use on my Android phone.

At $99 I wouldnt upgrade, but for $40, im doing it.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Rage187 on 7/18/2012 10:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
I think from XP or Vista, the $40 upgrade is a steal.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Spuke on 7/19/2012 12:39:12 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
At $99 I wouldnt upgrade, but for $40, im doing it.
I'm definitely in.

quote:
I'm expecting a lot of Linux fanboy rants and the usual "im scared of change" posts. Already got 1 of both.
What's really funny is not that this has happened before but it will happen again and by the same people. I just find that hilarious!


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/12, Rating: -1
RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Flunk on 7/19/2012 9:26:58 AM , Rating: 3
Windows 8 actually does boot noticably faster than 7. On a high-end SSD it's only about 5 seconds faster but that time was already preitty short to begin with.

It doesn't really sound like you gave Windows 8 much of a chance. If you used it for 6 months then maybe you'd like it. I plan to try it out for a while and go back to 7 if I hate it. You have to have an open mind, well not really but it does help.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By bupkus on 7/19/2012 12:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
Windows 8 is starting to grow on me and I expect Microsoft has heard some of the complaints about losing the Start menu. I wouldn't be surprised if they adjust something.

In Metro I've started to try typing something like "control panel", "shutdown" or "restart" to speed up the process. I hope MS improves those functions.

I only use Windows 8 on an older Dell notebook with my main use machine being a Windows 7 desktop. Adding to that my Touchpad using both webOS and ICS and my new Nexus 7, I don't get much exposure to Windows 8.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By tamalero on 7/20/2012 10:46:08 AM , Rating: 2
why the hell would you waste time writing these shortcut names?
they are available in all windows via 1-2 mouse clicks.

its like a downgrade than an upgrade.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By MadMan007 on 7/19/2012 9:03:28 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure Metro is as great for an HTPC as it is for a tablet - both are cases where one generally doesn't do much simultaneous multi-tasking. Relegating the traditional desktop to second citizen status for *all* uses is what people don't like. People aren't just 'scared of change,' amazingly there are some conventions that work, and work well, and don't need to be changed.

If MS would simply give people a reasonable way to choose whether to use Metro or a more traditional desktop (even without a start menu - Metro as a start menu is ok) as their primary UI there would be much less resistance. Forcing Metro down desktop throats is what people resent.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2012 9:43:25 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly! That's all we're saying. Give us a way to truly opt-out of Metro, and Windows 8 would be fine.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Ammohunt on 7/19/2012 2:18:12 PM , Rating: 2
but then all they have to sell is win7 sp2


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2012 9:43:25 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly! That's all we're saying. Give us a way to truly opt-out of Metro, and Windows 8 would be fine.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 7/20/2012 11:18:26 AM , Rating: 2
They did.. you can default to Windows 7 shell.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By 91TTZ on 7/19/2012 10:15:53 AM , Rating: 2
I also hate it.

I'm sure there are some people out that that don't like any sort of change, but the vast majority of time I hear that argument used it's used against people who feel that the change is negative, not positive. "Change" can be positive, negative, or neutral. All it means is it's different that what's there currently.

In the case of Windows 8, I'd say that this is negative change if you're using it on a desktop. I use the Start button all the time. The "old" style Windows user interface that's been around since 1995 was that way because it was the most efficient UI for people using a mouse sitting in front of a PC. Microsoft used it, Linux used it, and Macs used it. It just worked well. My iPhone uses a completely different UI and that's ok with me, because it's a small touchscreen phone. Its UI matches its function. Windows 8 feels like a tablet OS on a desktop. It just makes no sense. As another user said, if you're using a 20"+ monitor at a high resolution, you probably want to fit more content on your screen; you don't want a giant tablet screen with giant simplified tiles.

Imagine if Microsoft made vehicles. They might do a study that shows that 33% of people want trucks, 33% want cars, and 33% want a moped. A more logical company might make different models for people who want trucks in rural areas, cars in suburban areas, and mopeds in tight European cities. Microsoft would give you a small SUV that's missing 2 wheels.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By stevhorn on 7/20/2012 5:56:23 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The "old" style Windows user interface that's been around since 1995 was that way because it was the most efficient UI for people using a mouse sitting in front of a PC. Microsoft used it, Linux used it, and Macs used it. It just worked well. My iPhone uses a completely different UI and that's ok with me, because it's a small touchscreen phone. Its UI matches its function. Windows 8 feels like a tablet OS on a desktop. It just makes no sense.


I couldn't agree more. If anyone needs evidence of this, just look at the case of Ubuntu which quickly fell from #1 in the Linux world when it introduced Unity. Where did these user go? To LinuxMint (now #1) which uses the more traditional Windows style UI.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By drycrust3 on 7/19/2012 11:23:37 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I'm expecting a lot of Linux fanboy rants

Why, because Ubuntu 12.10 will be being released about that time? I really think if that is the reason Microsoft chose this date to release Windows 8 then that is more likely to raise moral within the Linux community than the other way around.


RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By dark matter on 7/20/2012 5:05:12 PM , Rating: 1
"scared of change" is so incongruous.

It's an argument that uneducated people like to throw around to make themselves look smart by creating a false fallacy.

Change can be good or bad.

For example, you could get knocked down, and paralyzed from the neck down. Would you really go up to a quadriplegic and say "dude, you're just scared of change".

Admittedly, that's an OTT example, but then so is claiming people are cowering under their desks in fear of a shit tablet based GUI on their desktop PC.



RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 7/20/2012 11:17:03 AM , Rating: 2
Clearly you missed the demo where you can make Windows 8 default to the standard Windows 7 look/feel. I was at TechEd this year... saw it first hand by the developers. They were forward thinking enough to know the Metro UI isn't going to always work in office environments. More options = good! Perhaps you should take a second look.


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