Windows 8 launch date revealed

By John Gillooly on Jul 20, 2012 8:08 AM
Filed under Software

Questions still remain.

A few weeks ago Microsoft announced the all-important release to manufacturing schedule for Windows 8.

This is set to occur in early August, which put it on track for a launch in October. Microsoft yesterday confirmed the OS will go on sale on October 26.

Curiously the announcement on the Windows Team Blog specifically states that consumers will be able to get it as an upgrade or on a new PC, with no mention of full boxed copies of the software.

This plays into rumours that have been floating around for weeks that Microsoft won’t actually sell Windows 8 as a standalone retail product.

The announcement should also mean that October 26 is the date that Windows-based tablets finally get a suitable operating system.

It is a timely reminder for those still running Windows XP on desktops and laptops to upgrade to Windows 7 sooner rather than later.

Not only does extended support for Windows XP run out in 2014, but the recently announced Office 2013 product will only run on Windows 7 and Windows 8, ignoring both XP and Vista.

While the operating system itself now has a release date, there is still no news about the launch of Microsoft’s Surface tablets.

It was announced at the tablet unveiling that Microsoft would be shipping an ARM-based Windows RT version of the tablet and then following up with an Intel-based Windows 8 version a few months later.

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