The final version of Windows 8, designed for PCs and tablets will be available to users on 26 October. This company Microsoft officially announced on its corporate blog.
Windows 8 was first announced in June 2011. Currently, users have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the three test builds. Guest turned out quite good. The new platform will be several editions: for devices based on processor architecture x86 - Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise and Tablet PCs based on ARM - Windows RT.
The new Microsoft operating system introduced a fundamentally new interface Metro, a class of applications that are optimized for finger control through, as well as a single application store Windows Store. Among other differences, "eight" Microsoft officials say focus on cloud storage.
Earlier it was reported that the producers will receive Windows 8 to be installed on laptops and tablets in August (the so-called RTM-assembly). This means that long before the release can be followed by leakage of the final version of the OS.
The president of the Windows Steven Sinofsky announced the exact release date for the platform at a meeting of Microsoft's sales.
"Simply put, the company is the biggest event for at least the last 17 years", - said Sinofsky. 17 years ago saw the light of the operating system is Windows 95.
On October 26 will begin selling Windows 8, and existing users on the same date will be available to upgrade to a new operating system with the three previous versions of Windows (XP, Vista and Windows 7) valued at $ 40.