Windows 8 release date set for October

first_imgAnyone who wants to play around with Windows 8 has been able to for a several weeks now courtesy of the Windows 8 Release Preview. But Microsoft has used its Worldwide Partner Conference today to confirm the release window for the final version of its new operating system.Windows 8 will be launched near the end of October, meaning anyone buying a new system in just time for Christmas is going to be booting up Windows 8 and that all new, unfamiliar user interface.Manufacturers can expect to get the OS in early August, allowing them time to decide what configurations to use and test the hardware that will ship Windows 8. As for upgrading, we found out last week that anyone running the Release Preview can grab themselves a license for $40. That’s sure to encourage a few sales.Microsoft will be hoping the release of Windows 8 follows the success of Windows 7 rather than the trainwreck that was Windows Vista. However, Windows 8 includes a number of changes that could see users turned off using it. For example, the new Metro interface and lack of a Start Menu. ExtremeTech did a great hands-on video if you want to check out what the interface is like.Microsoft now has a little over 3 months to convince us all we need Windows 8 on our machines. New hardware may ship with it as standard, but there’s millions of potential upgraders out there and business users Microsoft will be urging to take make the jump.Personally, I’ve always been someone to buy a license and try the latest version of Windows on release day. But not this time. I’m quite happy with Windows 7 and the changes to Windows 8 seem drastic enough that I’d have to sit down and figure out how to work with them or around them. I’m definitely going to play a wait and see game until my system is due its next hardware refresh.via The Vergelast_img read more