Windows 8 is near. Yes, Windows 7 is a stable operating system, but you haven’t seen anything yet according to what our Microsoft experts are saying. Our PC specialists have leaked info that Windows 8 will be fully released early 2013. Pre-beta versions will be available in mid-to-late 2012, but the full release will be able to purchased by 2013. Just in time for the New Year.
Many reviews or pundits show Windows 8 will be released in the Fall of 2012, but they’re wrong. At that point, version 8 will still be deep into the final stages of development and corrections of any glitches. Plus, Windows would like to still allow folks their full glory with Windows 7. After all, Windows Vista was a bust so they want their reputation to remain positive with the latest Windows 7.
Releasing Windows 8 is more about battling Apple head-to-head. Apple support is gaining momentum and Bill Gates fully realizes this. As such, he has added the following cool features with the Windows 8 release:
- Skydrive storage available with cloud-based apps
- All Windows 7 devices may be synced (i.e. contacts, calendar, emails, photos, videos, docs)
- Built-in antivirus installed with Windows 8
- Multi-touch support enabled
- Completely new navigation on Home screen
So, you can see Windows 8 taking a little page from Apple with its cloud storage and multi-touch ability. I like the antivirus software integrated into the operating system. I’d like to know how long is this subscription is and is it better than the free Microsoft Security Essentials that is currently available. The Windows 8 cost is expected to range from $199 to $299 for Windows Home to Professional versions.