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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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By Taurus229 on 7/19/2012 12:02:33 AM , Rating: -1
Does anybody really care! If this is the future for Microsoft I will stay with Win 7 or switch to a Mac. Mountain Lion seems a lot more promising than Win 8. Mountain Lion should be released by the end of July, and run rings around Win 8 for a desktop.

By stevhorn on 7/19/2012 6:36:34 AM , Rating: 2
I've already switched. I tried out WIN8 when the first preview was released and it found it just wasn't for me. As others have suggested, you seem to have little control over what happens when you launch a program. Without being able to disable Metro it's simply not suitable as a desktop OS. I've since gone the hackintosh route and haven't looked back. I'm now running Mountain Lion and find it a much better desktop experience than WIN8. (And, btw, file sharing and networking work much more reliably on Mountain Lion than on Windows.)

By WalksTheWalk on 7/19/2012 11:07:51 AM , Rating: 2
I just can't bring myself to buy ANYTHING made by Apple after all of their over-broad patent filing, super trolling over the last year or more. They have some atoning to do before I would even consider it. I don't think Windows 8 is that bad, but if I did I would move to Linux before OSX.

By tecknurd on 7/20/2012 8:59:50 PM , Rating: 1
I already switch to Linux after using Windows 98, so I do not care for Windows at all. I do not care for Windows XP at the time. I do not care that Microsoft is putting out a new version of Windows every other year. Their operating systems are mainly for businesses and gamers. Besides that Windows is just inferior to Mac OS X and Linux. Interesting that Unix or some form of it is still the king of all operating systems.

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