Windows 8

A release of the Microsoft Windows operating system

Windows 8 Start Screen
Windows 8 Start screen
Developer Microsoft
Source model Closed source and shared source
Released to


August 1, 2012; 2 years ago


October 26, 2012; 2 years ago
Latest release 6.2.9200 / April 12, 2013; 1 year ago
Update method Windows Update, Windows Store
Platforms IA-32, x64, ARMv7
Kernel type Hybrid
License Trialware, physical, Microsoft Software Assurance, MSDN subscription, DreamSpark
Preceded by Windows 7 (2009)
Succeeded by Windows 8.1 (2013)
Official website
Support status
Start date: October 30, 2012

End date: January 12, 2016

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