Microsoft releases final test version of Windows 8

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REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft is nearly done with a much-anticipated overhaul of its Windows operating system.

The software maker signaled the makeover is nearly complete with Thursday's release of the final test version of Windows 8.

This version is available in 14 languages and includes several improvements from a less-refined version released three months ago. The upgrades include more ways to connect to other Microsoft services, more security controls and more touch-screen features.

Microsoft Corp. hasn't announced when Windows 8 will go on sale yet. Most industry analysts expect the software to hit the market in September or October.

Windows 8 is considered to be the biggest change in decades to Microsoft's widely used operating system. The software has been designed so it can run desktop, laptop and tablet computers.

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Windows 8 download: http://preview.windows.com