Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talking about the new OS AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File via AP

Microsoft's Windows 8 on its way

Customers with PCs and tablets that run Microsoft’s operating system are one step closer to upgrading.

IF YOU’RE A Windows user and are looking to upgrade your operating system (OS), some good news has emerged.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 team announced that they were one step closer to releasing their latest OS, the inventively titled Windows 8.

The abbreviation-heavy announcement declared that the OS had been released to manufacturing (RTM), which basically means that it has been made available to original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, so that they can start to load it onto the computers they wish to sell.

The announcement came after over 16 million people, or more precisely, computers, participated in running – and testing – early versions of the software.

Microsoft affiliates and those who need to update applications or software to work with the new OS can hope to get access to the finished product from 15 August.

Everyone else will have to wait until 26 October.

The news comes just days after Apple released the latest version of its own OS called Mountain Lion and at a time when Microsoft posted its first ever loss.

To say that they have a lot riding on the success of Windows 8 is an understatement.

Read: Confused about the new version of Windows? Here’s everything you need to know >

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