It’s official: Windows 8 is on its way! Microsoft announced today the new Windows 8 developer version at Build, the company’s conference for independant developers in Los Angeles. It is first Windows system ever designed from scratch to work on both tablets and PCs. Microsoft seems to be aiming for Apple and Android world with this move and it has yet to prove if it still can be a technology leader and innovator.

Windows 8

The main aspect of the new system will be the new Metro style touch interface which is totally different from any other Windows OS. It is based on clickable tiles that go directly to an application. Before pulling out your hair from your head and screaming ‘Nooooooooo!’ rest assure that the original Windows interface CAN be used in combination with the new one. Programmers, you can relax, because a wide range of programming languages can be used to develop a wide range for Windows 8 applications for the new interface, but this ultimately depends on whether the new style will be accepted or not.

Windows 8

Windows 8

Windows 8

Windows 8

Built on the now stable foundation of Windows 7 (Windows Vista anyone?) and improvements in performance, security, privacy and system reliability, Windows 8 reduces the memory footprint and leaves more room for users’ apps running good on the lowest hardware specifications.

The official release date of Windows 8 is currently unknown, but judging by Microsoft’s necessity to get it fast, it will probably be targeted for the holiday season of 2012.

You can download and test out the Windows 8 Developer preview over at Microsoft.com, both x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) versions are downloadable.