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Windows 8 launches October 26

Just when you'd gotten nice and cosy with Windows 7, certainly the finest version of the operating system in many a year, Windows 8 swaggers in, clad in a shiny but questionable new interface. Microsoft announced yesterday that it'll launch on October 26.

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Just when you'd gotten nice and cosy with Windows 7--certainly the finest version of the operating system in many a year--Windows 8 swaggers in, clad in a shiny but questionable new interface. Microsoft announced yesterday that it'll launch on October 26, available only in upgrade form or in a new PC.

Along with the new Metro interface, Windows 8 boasts faster startup times, Xbox Live integration, a new app store, PIN and picture authentication options, a revamped File Explorer, native USB 3.0 support, and more stuff detailed over on Wikipedia.

If you're running Windows XP, Vista or 7, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99, which seems awfully reasonable.

Look, here's a demo of the recent Consumer Preview build, running on a tablet and a laptop:

From The Chatty

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    July 19, 2012 6:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Windows 8 launches October 26.

    Just when you'd gotten nice and cosy with Windows 7, certainly the finest version of the operating system in many a year, Windows 8 swaggers in, clad in a shiny but questionable new interface. Microsoft announced yesterday that it'll launch on October 26.

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      July 19, 2012 10:23 AM

      Is this really target to tablet users?

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      July 19, 2012 10:45 AM

      Not to bad 40 bucks for a upgrade. I'll get it for free through school but $40 is nothing to sneeze at for a upgrade. Hopefully 8 is a step forward and not backward.

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        July 19, 2012 10:49 AM

        Under the hood: Step forward
        UI: Up for debate by some

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      July 19, 2012 10:53 AM

      After watching the video older people are going to struggle a lot with using Windows 8 at their job. I know if my company went to Windows 8 it would almost bring us to a halt because the lack of peoples computer skills.

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      July 19, 2012 11:04 AM

      I haven't really been paying any attention to Windows 8. All I want to know is - will there be a traditional desktop option that basically looks and feels like Windows as we know it, or are we stuck with metro?

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        July 19, 2012 11:10 AM

        Metro is just a fullscreen start menu. Desktop is still there and works just like Win7.

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          July 19, 2012 12:17 PM

          who uses start menu nowdays... LAUNCHY rules!

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        July 19, 2012 11:17 AM

        There's a desktop, but you're going to have to put up with at least some aspects of metro.

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        July 19, 2012 1:24 PM

        It feels and looks like an emulator. At least when I used it during beta it did. It didn't feel like a part of the OS, like I installed WINE onto my Windows session.

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        July 19, 2012 8:58 PM

        Windows 8 feels like it's an OS for tablets with the desktop awkwardly stuck in.

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          July 19, 2012 9:35 PM

          no it doesn't. not even close, it's 99% windows 7 except with performance improvements, and a ui layer that is tweaked for touch interfaces - one you won't see much of at all unless you choose to.

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          July 19, 2012 9:42 PM

          On top of that they shoehorn ribbon onto Windows Explorer and don't address enough of the issues with preference panes and control panel menus. It is ridiculous, they oversimplify some things while adding complication to the others, all without thought behind efficiency and streamlining getting actual tasks done.

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      July 19, 2012 11:13 AM

      Looks interesting, not sure if I'll upgrade when it releases, but there is plenty of time for more videos and discussion in regards to it. I wasn't liking it at first until he got to the desktop and then I was like okay looks better. So could be good, also could be a nightmare to teach others how to use it.

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      July 19, 2012 12:05 PM

      I can honestly say it doesn't look like anything that would help improve my 'computing' experience over the traditional Windows OS like XP or Vista. The most frustrating thing about Windows 8 is by the time you've learned how to get the most out of it stupid MS is going to come out with another brilliant idea to make you learn how to do everything over again.

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        July 19, 2012 1:03 PM

        it's them seeing the writing on the wall as far as the traditional desktop market.

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      July 19, 2012 1:28 PM

      Looking at that screen shot gave me a nightmare.
      I am so not interested in this new OS.
      They'd have to pay me to adopt to this new crap.
      What MS failed to understand is this. Early adopters tend to be either bleeding edge technophile or gamers, BUT there are no games for PC M$ made sure of that, everything is on consoles. So whats the incentive to switch?! I don't see it.
      Also business are SLLOOOWWW in adopting new OS. They'd rather go MAC than fuck with another Windows OS and this Windows 8 looks crazy enough to warrant buying Apples, in droves.

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        July 19, 2012 1:38 PM

        Do people not realize that you can toggle between the regular desktop and Metro using the winkey just like you open/close the start menu in Win7? It sounds like you think you're locked into Metro.

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          July 19, 2012 1:44 PM

          there were more than a few red flags in that post that should make you question the logic of the individual

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        July 19, 2012 1:47 PM

        That's funny, my steam list is pretty full from the sales!

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        July 19, 2012 5:30 PM

        You are nuts, and crazy to boot. Oh, and wrong, and stupid too.

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        July 19, 2012 5:40 PM

        The only proper response:

        L-O-Fuckin-L! You're nuts.

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      July 19, 2012 1:36 PM

      For $40 I may bite the bullet, but only if 8 becomes "THE GAMING OS" other than that I'm fine with 7.

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      July 19, 2012 1:41 PM

      Wait for the Steam sale.

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      July 19, 2012 5:10 PM

      That price is an insult to intellectual property rights

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      July 19, 2012 7:32 PM

      11 years and 1 day after Windows XP launched!

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      July 19, 2012 8:32 PM

      Did they announce the release date yet for the Slate tablets? I want to get my mother one, she's all happy with Win7 and never calls me about computer problems anymore :/

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      July 19, 2012 9:03 PM

      Skipping this one of course.

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      July 20, 2012 1:46 AM

      Nice, I'm looking forwards to this and I'm kinda excited about metro. If the whole "tablets are the future consoles" and the "tablets are the future PC's" pan out everyone will be a PC-ish gamer! Kinda scarey to thik that Sony and Nintendo would have apps rather than consoles...

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        July 24, 2012 11:49 AM

        the first thing what I will do if I even install win8 on a test partition is: - disable metro

        All of the other things tell me Win8 is a waste of time to switch to, i rather wait for patches and service packs and test it so i can recreate the behavior and feel of win7 tweaked as the feel of XP, so basically, no im not going to get win8 for a long long time.

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      July 23, 2012 11:36 AM

      Trainwreck