After months and months of waiting and a drip-feed of information, Microsoft has finally launched Windows 8. The next generation operating software is a bold departure from the Windows of yore, but whether you like it or not, there’s no denying its freshness. Wanna see what all the fuss is about?

Windows 8 is now available to buy on new devices or as an upgrade to existing machines. The new OS is a huge departure from previous iterations, infusing the bulk of your day-to-day computing with the Metro UI language (live tiles and the like), and stuffing touch control into every corner of the experience.

Is the PC cool again?

Wander into your local computer shop from today onwards, and you’re unlikely to see a new PC running Windows 7: all new PCs, laptops and tablets will now ship Windows 8 as standard.

If you’re currently on an older version of the software, you can make the jump pretty cheaply; any Windows 7 machines bought between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 can upgrade for £14.99 from Microsoft’s website, while anyone else will be able to upgrade for the still highly reasonable £24.99.

Here’s an official Windows 8 video to get you hyped up…

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