Microsoft's Windows 8 is more than just a simple update, featuring the completely new-look Metro UI it's the first OS for PC, tablets and smartphones
Microsoft has announced that the Windows 8 release date will be the 26th October whether it's as a stand alone product or as an upgrade.
The announcement was made at Microsoft's annual sales meeting where Steven Sinofsky confirmed that the new OS would be arriving in just a few months time.
There has also been speculation over when the OS will be made available to hardware manufacturers with some sites reporting that Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 x86 would be heading to PC and tablet manufacturers in August however this hasn't been confirmed.
Windows 8 features:
Windows 8 is the first OS that will work across tablets, PCs and smartphones in the form of Windows 8 RT for tablets, Windows 8 x86 for PCs and Windows Phone 8.
Underneath those differing names however is the same kernel which means that apps written for Windows 8 are inherently written for all three operating systems.
As of late October, Windows 8 will be pre-installed as the basic OS in new computers.