Microsoft officials confirmed today (Sept.17) that Windows 8 will be announced on October 25, during Microsoft’s big launch event for Windows 8 and the Surface RT in New York City. The way Microsoft puts it, Windows 8 is “Windows 7, only better… Windows Reimagined… Exciting features of a new generation of PCs [with] full power of Windows”. The release is scheduled a week prior to Microsoft’s BUILD 2012 (Build 2.0) event in Redmond, Washington, where other topics will be covered in addition to Windows 8, such as Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012, Xbox.
Made for business and home PCs, Windows 8 can handle multiple tasks; in addition, the Windows Store provides additional opportunities for developers. Windows 8 is built on the foundation of Windows 7, but there are improvements. Windows 8 can be installed on the same hardware that powers Windows Vista and Windows 7, and it is supposed to work on new devices, as well. Windows 8 will feature the new Start screen, a seamless integration of a touch, keyboard and a mouse and the new language of touch.
On another note On official Windows 8 Release Preview page I found a link to an “in-depth info about Windows 8 Release Preview – Get the product guide (PDF) “. What is interesting, that page 13 of that PDF guide is blank. Maybe it’s just an oversight, or maybe folks at Microsoft are superstitious and do not want to jinx the new release. (Pages 39, 45, 63 are blank as well. Makes me wonder…)