REDMOND – Microsoft is about to end a long-awaited overhaul of its Windows operating system.
The software maker said that with the release of the final test version of Windows 8, the new face of the interface is almost complete.
This trial version is available in 14 languages and includes several improvements over a less refined version launched three months ago. Improvements include more ways to connect to other Microsoft services, more checkpoints, and more touch screen features.
Microsoft has not yet announced when the Windows 8 will officially be released. Most analysts who follow the industry believe that the software will be ready in September or October. Resellers have started offering the OS to consumers as part of their pre-launch sales efforts, pre-selling the new OS on their online sites and providing discounts to customers who wish to take advantage of Windows 8 as soon as it becomes available to the public.
It is believed that Windows 8 will bring the biggest change in years to Microsoft’s operating system which is widely used around the world in homes, offices, and businesses. The software has been designed to be run on desktop computers, laptops, and tablets, including a new Microsoft phone that is rumored to have the Windows 8 OS upon its launch.