Microsoft officially ships the final master of Windows 8. The launch date is still officially October 26, but MSDN and Technet subscribers can download it on August 15. The Redmond company also stealth launches a replacement for its web-based Hotmail client and an improvement over Windows Live Mail.

We also talk about the PCWorld Tech Center, where most of our extensive product testing occurs. Loyd Case talks about Mechwarrior Online and Mechwarrior Tactics, two upcoming free-to-play online games, plus the news that a big, subscription based MMO is taking the free-to-play route this Fall.

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