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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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RE: What a load of xchrapiola
By Reclaimer77 on 7/19/2012 8:05:07 AM , Rating: -1
No offense but if you were still on XP, your observations of going from that to Windows 8 is hardly a telling revelation of the wonders of the OS. Of course it boots faster. So would Windows 7. And of course a fresh install of Windows 8 browses the web and launches apps faster than your 10+ year old OS. Hello?

And no, I'm not "scared of change", you're being a troll with that. Change is fine. Metro is a horrible concept for a desktop OS UI. Switching between a cartoonist Metro, or a now-gutted Desktop, managing apps for both environments, is just ludicrous for a desktop OS.

See you never had Windows 7 so you cannot really appreciate it, and understand that Metro brings absolutely NOTHING to my experience. And it's not just me. Hell one of the most respected and experienced Windows analyst called Windows 8 the "new ME". I guess he was just "scared of change" too? Come on, don't be narrow minded.

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.

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