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Windows 8: Release date update, new video previews

If you still remain a keen fan of Microsoft’s Windows OS for desktops, you’ll be well aware that the company will soon be releasing the latest version of their software this year. Windows 8 is coming and we may new hints on a release date to bring you now, for those of you still in dark as to when to expect the download.

Microsoft demonstrated their new Windows 8 software at CES 2012, and just like the recent Xbox Live Dashboard update on Xbox 360 consoles, the main focus will be on the Metro interface, which essentially takes heavily elements from the Windows Phone 7.5 OS.

Microsoft has remained silent on when the public should expect Windows 8 to become available, but a report over at Pocket-Lint reveals that Microsoft has given a strong hint that the software will be available sometime in October this year. Steve Ballmer mentioned during CES that consumers will be able to get a preview of Windows 8 in February, but here is what Janelle Poole had to say when speaking to Pocket-Lint at CES:

“One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we’ve always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that’s a good guideline to consider.”

We’ve been very impressed with what we have seen from Windows 8 so far, and at CES there was plenty of opportunities to see how the new software runs on Tablets. Many manufacturers unveiled brand new tablet devices at the event, and used Windows 8 as their OS of choice to show to the public. An example of this can be seen in the quad-core Tegra 3 tablet that NVIDIA had on show at Windows 8, we’ve included the video of this below so you can see the smooth interface in action.

Another tablet that will be shipping with Windows 8 is an effort from Intel, which will be available during the second half of 2012 and will run on Intel’s new Atom ‘Clover trail’ processor. – we’ve added this clip below for you as well to give you another look at Windows 8.

Are you excited about the upcoming release of Windows 8, or do you believe that Microsoft still has a lot of work to do? Opinions are obviously divided between Mac and Windows preferences, but we would say that Windows 8 is definitely a step in the right direction for Microsoft.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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