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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 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.


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