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Released in October of 2012, Windows 8 is Microsoft's first desktop operating system to feature the company's Modern UI style (formerly known as Metro UI and introduced in Windows Phone 7). Despite numerous new UI elements, Windows 8 still offers the option to fall back to the traditional Windows desktop everyone is familiar with but with one key thing missing: the Start menu.


  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $39.99


  • Software type: Operating system
  • Distribution: Retail, Online


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