Windows 8 has a release date. Drum roll, please. You'll be able to buy or upgrade to Windows 8 on October 26, 2012. The news came from Steven Sinofsky while speaking at Microsoft's annual sales meeting.
According to Microsoft, there will be over 30 games available at launch "with a variety of genres, price points and business models." Microsoft says that Windows 8 is a huge opportunity for game developers and gamers.
Windows 8 isn't just another upgrade from a previous OS. This version, which uses Microsoft's Metro design language, has been reimagined from the chipset to the user experience in order to better unify phones, tablets and PCs. Of course, we already know that Xbox LIVE is going to play some part in Windows 8, but the more important question is what does Windows 8 mean for PC gamers?
If you want the honest answer, it doesn't mean much. When Windows Vista launched, PC gamers were frothing at the mouth to upgrade it for DirectX 10, but since gamers already have DirectX 11 on their Windows 7 systems, there won't be any need to rush out an upgrade right away.
However, just because you don't need to upgrade right away doesn't mean there aren't reasons why you should. Windows 8 will add a bunch of new features, including like the Windows 8 store where you'll be able to buy games and apps for all of your Windows 8 devices, kind of like Apple's App Store.
Additionally, Windows 8 will add an automatic search function, Windows To Go, which allows users to copy their entire OS on a thumb drive (cool!), Windows Live Synching, which enables users to back up their personalized settings of Windows 8 online, and Snap Multi-tasking which lets users run two apps side-by-side.
At just $39.99 to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7, the choice seems like almost a no brainer to me. Will you be upgrading your OS to Windows 8 when it's out?