Looking for a technology refresh? Mark your calendar for October 26, 2012, when Microsoft's new Windows 8 platform arrives  to consumers. Announced today during the company's annual sales meeting, expect to see Windows 8 as a $40 upgrade  and in new PCs.
What does this mean for gadget fiends? With Microsoft getting more serious about mobile products, we hope this means we can expect to see the new Windows 8-powered Surface tablet  available in the Fall, along with a bevy of holiday-ready Windows 8 smartphones.