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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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I've tried and tried.
By Belard on 7/19/2012 2:50:18 AM , Rating: 1
I tried using my Win8 desktop test system again.

The "you can use Win8 without touching Metro" is a lie. Open a photo, it wants to go into metro. Same with videos. Trying to get back to the desktop without a keyboard... or hell, even by pressing the Windows Key while in Metro... can be nothing but a bitch.

I became so sick of it, I pulled the power plug. I sticking back the XP HD, booting it up and going to frackin murder Win8 off the Hard Drive.

I will stick the diarrhea that is called "windows 8" onto a backup notebook and use it as a mobile warning device to show anyone who wants a taste of this garbage.

You get the stupid "charms" when you don't want to. You fight to get to metro to launch a program... because MS hid the Start button into a sliver in the corner (How are you going to press it with your finger?)

"Simply type what you want"... IF you don't know the exact name of the file or program you are looking far, you won't find it that way.

Windows8 will be first MS GUI OS that nobody will pirate.

Its such garbage, that its not worth $40, its not worth $1 and it isn't even with using if Microsoft sent me a gift card for $50. Windows 8 is that bloody crappy. Why the hell would most of us want a touch-screen computer? I don't want a single finger print on my desktop screen... The tablet is bad enough, but its only 11x8 area.

Yes, I can honestly say... you couldn't pay me $100 to install Windows8 on any of my computers that I use. My 7yr old is fine with it, but then again - other than running a few games and a browser, he is set.

There are a LOT of things to LIKE about Windows 8. The updated Aero in release 8440 looks quite nice. But MS has ripped all that out and going Full-Metro on the desktop, which looks UGLY.

I really hope that Windows 7 will be the LAST MS OS I ever have to use in my life.

The only thing that will save Microsoft's ass is if they continue to sell Windows7, like when they sold XP during the entire run of Vista. Otherwise, Win7 piracy will go through the roof.

RE: I've tried and tried.
By Donkey2008 on 7/19/2012 7:55:29 AM , Rating: 2
Metro is just fugly as hell. Not sure who is in charge of the design aesthetics at MS, but the design is a retro fail. Didn't MS get the memo? Wasn't the failure of this GUI as a selling point for mobile phones a big red flag?

RE: I've tried and tried.
By B3an on 7/19/2012 8:46:57 AM , Rating: 1
Oh shut up Belard. All you do is bitch about Win 8 on every article and sound like an immature 14 year old kid.

On top of that most of the stuff you say is just typical uninformed ****.

RE: I've tried and tried.
By Belard on 7/20/2012 8:32:52 AM , Rating: 2
uninformed... I have the POS Windows 8 on my damn computer.

Its shit.
Its designed by idiots for idiots.

RE: I've tried and tried.
By Belard on 7/20/2012 8:39:36 AM , Rating: 2

*YOU* don't tell me to SHUT UP.

You are allowed to post how much you love Win8, fine go ahead. Still a semi-free country... and I'll post that Win8 isn't worth $5.

(and if you are simply an MS employee... I could care less. And if you are on the Win8 team, you are a moron)

WP6.0 = fail
WP6.5 = fail
WP7.x = fail
WP8.0 = I estimate, 80% likely to fail.
WART tablets = 95% likely to fail
X86 tablets = maybe do okay, mostly niche market.
Win8 desktop = will fail.

RE: I've tried and tried.
By xti on 7/20/2012 10:45:22 AM , Rating: 2
*YOU* don't tell me to SHUT UP.

No one puts Baby in a corner!

RE: I've tried and tried.
By Belard on 7/21/2012 3:27:13 AM , Rating: 2
Belt da baby.

RE: I've tried and tried.
By leviathan05 on 7/23/2012 9:16:28 AM , Rating: 3
WP8.0 = I estimate, 80% likely to fail. WART tablets = 95% likely to fail

Oh look, random probabilities without qualification or explanation, the sure sign of a strong argument.

RE: I've tried and tried.
By Starcub on 7/20/2012 10:21:21 AM , Rating: 2
My guess is that MS is going to use Win 8 to shape the market towards tablets and small mobile devices. Surface is MS's first PC product. However my understanding is that MS is giving users of Win 8 the option of bypassing Metro, but only if they change the default configuration, but I've not tested the latest release to see if that configurability has been implemented.

I do think that the new tablets and ultrabooks are becomming much more attractive given the increased processing power available, particularly with integrared GPU's. Peripherals can always be connected via interface ports for non-mobile use. It would make much more sense to me if MS were to allow that configurability option, otherwise their retail sales of Win 8 will be poor. It might also negatively impact Surface sales among existing PC users. MS is far from cornering the market on PC's. At this point there are still plenty if vendors selling traditional notebooks.

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