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: Not impressed
7/20/2012 5:00:23 PM
I've been a Windows user since 3.1
And I used Windows 7 beta since it was released.
I've tried the Windows 8 preview, and honestly the additional features are nice, but the Metro GUI has put me off.
Perhaps I am a desktop user, who doesn't like being forced to use a non desktop GUI.
The rest of Windows 8 seems nothing more than a service pack.
Not prepared to pay for a service pack. Sorry Microsoft, I don't care if it's only $40.
Robbing me of the start menu is certainly not worth that.
And before anyone gets all pissy with me, remember, you can't argue with someones opinion.
“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads
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