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101 days left to develop an explanation for Metro

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Mark October 26th down in your diary: that's the day Microsoft has chosen to release Windows 8 into the wild.

Windows leader Steve Sinofsky revealed the release date at Microsoft's annual sales meeting today and Redmond quickly emitted an organic, engaging, and convincingly human blog post with the news and the image below to confirm the date.

Microsoft's official image revealing that windows 8 will go on sale on october 26th 2012

Somewhat cunningly, there are exactly 101 days between July 19th (on which this story is being written) and the release date. One way to interpret the October 26th launch date is that 101 days will be required to develop a credible explanation for just how Metro, Windows 8's oft-pondered new interface, will improve the computing experience.

Our only other guesses at the significance of the day involve the fact it is Hilary Clinton's birthday and the day on which the Patriot Act became law. If Redmond is celebrating either, be afraid. ®

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