Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky just announced the launch date for Windows 8, set as 26th October, 2012. The announcement was made during Microsoft’s annual sales meeting where official launch date for arguably one of the most anticipated Operating Systems in history was confirmed.
Windows 8 will be available at both retail and as an upgrade option for current (and recent, depending on your PC manufacturer) laptop and desktop consumers.The final date to complete your upgrade for a heavily discounted price from current versions of Windows 7 to Windows 8 will be 31st January, 2013.
Windows 8 comes with the new (and already infamous) Metro UI, along with a redesigned Task Manager, has native USB 3.0 support and comes with Xbox Live integration to name but a few major improvements. There will be 4 versions of Windows 8 at launch: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows RT and Windows 8 Enterprise Edition. However, only the first two versions will be available at retail for end-consumers to buy. Windows RT will only be available on ARM based tablets & smartphones, while Windows 8 Enterprise Edition will only be available for companies.