After months of anticipation, Windows 8 is here. It launches today and goes on sale globally tomorrow. For the last year-and-a-half, we’ve tracked its progress across three betas and the final release, exploring the ins and outs of Microsoft’s most ambitious product launch in two decades.

Over the next few days we’ll be publishing a barrage of Windows 8 coverage. Today we’ll have the main review, concentrating on Windows 8’s radical new user interface and seeing if Microsoft has at last manage to realize its dream of a true tablet PC. We’re also covering the installation and upgrade experience in a separate feature. On tap is also a screenshot tour, showing off Redmond’s shiny new look and feel, and benchmarks to check that it still runs as well as it should.

In the coming days, we’ll be peeking under the hood, in an investigation into the work Microsoft has done to make Windows 8 more secure, more efficient, and more flexible. We’ll couple that with an extended look at Storage Spaces, the software giant’s solution for managing all your disk space needs, and the all-new Xbox-branded multimedia experience.

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