Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 20:50 UTC
Windows "Microsoft today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8. Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide will be able to experience all that Windows 8 has to offer, including a beautiful new user interface and a wide range of applications with the grand opening of the Windows Store." I'm still not clear on what '12:01 AM local time' means, but if it means it goes on sale in every country on 12:01 AM, I'll be buying in a bit over an hour!
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I dispute the " If you use it on a tablet, for which metro was intended, it's fine." Admittedly, what I assumed after being taken aback by what a kludge it was on the desktop but after tinkering with 'Metro' I quickly found it half-baked and not ready. The few apps are really piss-poor and although I expect it to improve it really shouldn't be brought to market yet.

Luckily, it easy enough to install a classic start menu and just about ignore 'Metro' on the desktop. Still, it's really only a worthwhile service pack to 7 or if this is what a new OS is then for all the time and monies expended you wonder why they bothered. Not exactly a must have update...wouldn't even consider if it wasn't on 'offer'...suppose a cheap way to upgrade from XP but otherwise a damp squib.

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