Microsoft confirms October 2012 launch for Windows 8

First Windows RT tablets also expected in October

Microsoft confirms October 2012 launch for Windows 8
Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will launch in October 2012.

Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller explained that the company's tablet and PC OS would release to manufacturers in August, with general availability following in October.

That means that an October release date now seems likely for Microsoft's Surface tablet.

Windows slates

When the device was unveiled, Microsoft promised that Surface for Windows RT would "release with the general availability of Windows 8."

The more powerful Windows 8 Pro model is expected to launch roughly 90 days later.

Samsung is also readying a Windows RT tablet for an October launch, according to Bloomberg's sources.

The device will feature a Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, according to "people with knowledge of the matter."

Dell, Toshiba, Asus, and Acer are all also working on various Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets. HP is developing a Windows slate, but has claimed 'customer input' persuaded the company to support Windows 8 and not Windows RT.

[source: BGR]

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