Windows 8 computers here in October

Computers running on the next version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system will go on sale in October.

Microsoft Corp. announced the time frame for Windows 8’s mass-market release Monday at a company conference in Toronto. A specific sales date in October wasn’t provided.

Most analysts had predicted Windows 8 would go on sale in the fall to ensure the machines running on the operating system would be available for the holiday shopping season;

New versions of Windows typically come out every three years, but this update is the most widely anticipated overhaul of the software since 1995.

Applications will appear in a mosaic of tiles on Windows 8. Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, also designed the operating system so it can run on personal computers or touch-based tablet computers.

Windows 8 screenshot start screen
Windows 8 screenshot start screen

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