CNET UK Podcast 297: Nexus 7, Windows 8, who do we appreciate?

Microsoft names the date for Windows 8 -- will it change everything? Plus we review the Google Nexus 7 and an electrifying iPhone.

Microsoft has named the date for Windows 8 -- appearing on computers, tablets and phones, will the next generation of Windows change everything? Or will Apple triumph with the iPhone 5, expected at the same time?

Yes, it's the age-old battle once again. Microsoft is squaring off against Apple in software and hardware, with the Microsoft Surface facing off against the iPad and Windows Phone taking on the new iPhone .

Join the CNET UK team as we click on the start menu and fire up the podcast, weighing up Microsoft's chances and highlighting the tech news of the week.

Plus Andy gets excited about reviewing the Google Nexus 7 tablet, Katie stuns us with the Yellow Jacket iPhone case that turns your phone into a Taser-style stun gun, and Rich casts an approving eye over Georgie , the smart phone system for the blind and partially sighted. But which bit of kit claims the Crave kudos and wins the day?

And we turn to you, honoured listener, for your feedback. Is Rdio better than Spotify? What's dubstep all about? And which is better: crunchy or smooth?

Whether you're looking for help with your gadgets or want to have your say about the tech issues of the day, leave us a comment below or speak out on our Facebook page -- it's peopled by peoples who love gadgets as much as you do, not to mention stuffed with lovely behind-the-scenes glimpses at the continuing excitement that is life at CNET Towers. Let us know what you think about Windows 8. Can Microsoft challenge the iPhone and Apple's grip on the mobile world?

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