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NEW YORK (
Microsoft(MSFT - Get Report) has confirmed that its eagerly-anticipated
Windows 8 operating system will be generally available in October, marking a significant milestone for the tech giant.
Seen as a
driver of top-line growth, Windows 8 is expected to be a
positive catalyst for financial results toward the end of the year.
Critics, however, have
warned that Windows 8 will not be able to halt
Apple's(APPL) growing popularity with consumers.
Key Windows 8 features include a new user interface with touchscreen capabilities, Xbox Live integration and more efficient power usage. A version of Windows 8 called Windows RT will support chips designed by
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--Written by James Rogers in New York.
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