Bye-bye Desktop, hello Metro! Microsoft ditches standard Windows look and feel for brand new interface, as launch is confirmed

Microsoft officially announced the time-frame for Windows 8's mass-market release this morning at a company conference in Toronto.

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

Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, has designed the operating system so it can run on personal computers or touch-based tablet computers.

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