Microsoft Windows 8 hitting October 26

Microsoft hybrid OS will be released at the end of October

Microsoft has just announced that the official release date of Windows 8 will be October 26, 2012. The news was given at Microsoft's annual sales meeting and on the Windows blog.

Current users of Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. The Windows 8 System Build Kit will be available for an undisclosed price for enthusiasts and manufacturers. Current rumors via Microsoft insider Paul Thurrot and Mary Jo Foley are stating that Microsoft may skip over a full retail release for the operating system.

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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
Yes. The biggest thing in gaming this year, by far.

With Win 8 Microsoft will be putting the same OS kernel onto phone, desktop, tablet and living room (Xbox and Xbox Live) and will optimise for the cloud. This will give them an immense competitive advantage as none of their competitors are in a position to emulate this.

Currently we have got used to the idea of our email client following us round from device to device. Soon everything will.

Drilling down into the detail Win 8 has implemented immensely clever memory management that will greatly enhance the capability of devices with small memories such as phones, tablets and consoles.
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Tom Keresztes Programmer 5 years ago
Except Apple.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
Apple isn't really in the living room yet. Apple TV might change this.
Apple is nothing next to Microsoft on the desktop.

But yes, they are in a potentially stronger position than Sony, Nintendo or Google
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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee5 years ago
Good point.

Microsoft seem to be following their dream of having everything run on their operating system. I'm surprised its taken so long for them to push Windows on their home console in any big way.
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