Windows 8 Will Take Your PC To The Metro On October 26

    July 18, 2012
    Zach Walton
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We were told earlier this month that Microsoft had pinned down the launch of Windows 8 to some time in late October. It was nice to finally get some confirmation about the release, but we still didn’t have an exact date – now we do.

Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows Division at Microsoft, just announced during the company’s annual sales meeting that Windows 8 would be shipping on October 26. On that date, you’ll be able to upgrade to it, buy a physical copy in store or buy a new PC with the operating system on it. Microsoft’s Windows RT Surface tablet is also expected to launch around that time with the Windows 8 Pro version coming sometime after.

As most Windows users who are upgrading probably already have Windows 7, you will want to take advantage of Microsoft’s insane upgrade program. For only $40, users with Windows XP or later can upgrade to Windows 8 through digital download. Those who want a physical copy can pick one up for $70. The special pricing will be available through January 31, 2013.

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s chance to prove that they still got it. Many people believe that this is their last chance before Apple gobbles them up and spits them out with Mac OS X and iOS. Windows 8 is definitely something unique only to Microsoft as it’s the first operating system to share the same core across all devices whereas Apple requires separate operating systems for mobile and desktop.

We’ll find out on October 26 if Microsoft’s bet on the future plays out. The Metro interface was designed for portable devices, which Apple already has a strong foothold in. The hype surrounding the recently announced Surface tablet could help catapult Windows 8 to the notoriety it needs to succeed.

  • http://www.hammocksaustralia.com.au Mike

    Sounds like a bargain at $40. Not sure if it offers anything I need over my current Windows 7 though.

  • hami

    it is faster and definantly somthingnew needs to bring back the start menu though for pc’s
    but i get classic shell and start 8 to help i’d recomend classic shell though

  • http://www.zazzle.com/gkrew1* DC

    i look forward to this

  • http://www.papadanart.com Dan Fussell

    I have 2 laptops, one with XP and one with Windows 7. If I upgrade it will be the 7. I like XP but not impressed with the Windows 7 on this 2 month old laptop.

  • EverCracker II

    After running this on 2 PC’s to test the performance I have decided that the interface is the turnoff for me. I play EverQuest II like a PC dinosaur of the 90′s and watch movies.

    I don’t need to share my crap with people, I don’t need to touch my screen…and finally…I don’t think I should have to sign into 4 online services just to log into my PC. Look at this people…they are taking away the functional idea of a game-dedicated PC that is NOT used for any internet/social media. Essentially I see an OS made for a half-brained, cell phone addicted generation that likes to have no customization choices because that would too much to deal with…

    Us old timers know how to customize and overclock etc. to large extents, this OS is for people more interested in their crap being on the internet and shared than it is for efficient office work or clean gaming.

    Personally I’m going to invest in another retail copy of Windows 7 before they are pulled from the market in case I build another PC, and start exploring Linux for my games.

    Gamers that are stuck with this piss-poor OS after October have my pity.

  • http://wizzerdwerks.com Greg Hicks

    I have been using Windows 8 consumer preview for about 2 weeks now and God I miss my Windows 7. I have made my final decision. If they sold Windows 8 for $10 I still would not buy it. It’s a phone or tablet OS. Not good for a desktop at all.

  • jim

    I am confused if I want a disc copy of windows 8 thats $70 but can I just install that onto my hard drive or must I upgrade from xp? I wanted to install a new hard drive with windows 8 fresh clean install.