Microsoft to release Windows 8 on October 26

Jul 18, 2012
Microsoft on Wednesday announced that its next-generation operating system tailored for a world shifting from personal computers to smartphones and tablets will be available on October 26.

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that its next-generation operating system tailored for a world shifting from personal computers to smartphones and tablets will be available on October 26.

Windows unit boss Steven Sinofsky revealed the Windows 8 debut date at a sales meeting, Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post.

Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide, according to LeBlanc.

Microsoft has promised to make the new operating system available in August for computer, tablet or makers to build into hardware.

It "is simply the biggest deal for this company in at least 17 years," Microsoft chief said last week, referring to the time since the launch of the game-changing Windows 95 operating system.

"It's the glue; it's the foundation of everything Microsoft is built on."

Microsoft reported that it has sold more than 630 million licenses of Windows 7, and that the software powers the majority of business .

Windows 7 went public in October 2009.

The latest version of the operating system that is the norm for personal computers will also be used on many smartphones and , including Microsoft's own Surface tablet to be launched this year.

The Redmond, Washington-based firm has gone on record stating that Surface tablets would hit the market when the Windows 8 operating system became publicly available.

Windows 8 allows users readily to store and share personal data among various devices under the "SkyDrive" cloud .

Rivals Apple and offer such services, which let people store digital data on servers in the Internet "cloud" and access files from devices of their choosing.

The new Microsoft system will support a wider range of devices, including touch- and stylus-based smartphones and tablet PCs as well as desktop and laptop machines.

Versions of Windows 8 have been tailored for chips used to power various mobile devices.

The software giant has been trying to expand its presence in the booming market for smartphones and tablets, which is currently dominated by Apple and Google.

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evropej
1 / 5 (2) Jul 19, 2012
This is as exciting as White Castle releasing a burger. You know the die hard fans will be there waiting but for the rest of us, its just another slider.
Maat
2 / 5 (4) Jul 19, 2012
Windows 7 was the best thing to happen to consumer PC operating systems in as long as I can remember... It was TANGIBLE, the number of calls and facebook message I received from friends and family asking for help with their computer problems dropped noticeably after they each upgraded to windows 7. I can only hope 8 continues in the right direction and maybe I'll finally get some peace!
Bewia
1 / 5 (1) Jul 26, 2012
The UI doesn't differ so much from previous version, fortunately.

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