NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Microsoft ( MSFT) 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 ARM ( ARMH). Do you think Windows 8 will be a winner? Tell us what you think in TheStreet's poll (and use this story's comments section to provide more detail on your response): --Written by James Rogers in New York. Follow @jamesjrogers >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our new tech blog, Tech Trends. Follow TheStreet Tech on your wireless devices.