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Windows 8 release date announced: what can we expect?

Microsoft has announced the official release date for its latest operating system, Windows 8. Due for release on 26 October, the OS looks set to be rather special.

Microsoft argues that the new OS will be a one stop shop for users of a various platforms, saying that the fast, sleek design is ideal for all manner of devices.

“The beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch-enabled tablets and lightweight laptops, to PCs and large, powerful all-in-ones with high-definition screens”

The OS is available as a downloadable update for all Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 users. At just $40, until January 31 2013, this seems like a bargain price to pay for what has been described as totally ‘reimagined’ version of Windows.

With a confirmed date for Windows 8, excitement amongst tech fans is starting to grow. So what can we expect from this versatile OS?

Windows 8: touch keyboard and mouse

The touch keyboard on Windows 8 allows you to carry out a variety of functions with ease. The keyboard comes in two modes, a thumb keyboard that splits the keys on either side of the screen as well as a full-sized keyboard with large buttons.

As well as displaying icons for a variety of apps, a screen shot of Windows 8 indicates that there will be an apps ‘search’ feature that will save tablets and smartphone users even more time.

Windows 8: additional features

The OS’s Tap and Do feature allows connection to wireless devices, such as headphones and speakers, by simply tapping them against your device. Utilising Near Field Communications (NFC), Windows 8 eliminates the need for a lengthy set up process.

As Windows 8 is able to operate on low-power CPUs, the OS can “deliver a great experience across many different devices, from ultra-fast desktops to low-power tablets.”

The new OS has been billed as ‘Windows 7, but even better’ and only time will tell if this will be the case.

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