Windows 8 to Arrive October 26
July 18, 2012 7:49 PM
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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
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
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.
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RE: What a load of xchrapiola
7/19/2012 11:23:37 AM
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.
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