Windows 8 release date - October 26

Well, if you have been following the news, you probably knew that the release date of Windows 8 is confirm to be on the 26th October 2012. 

Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division, made the announcement during the company's annual sales meeting, according to the Windows Team Blog. 

Microsoft is betting BIG on Windows 8 as the release date on 26 October 2012 is for both Windows 8 PC and upgrades. It will cost $40 through January 31 for users running Windows XP or later. 

No specific launch day hardware was mentioned, but Microsoft's Surface Windows RT tablet should be available around that time

Windows 8 is a major overhaul, with a new Start screen optimized for touch screens and an app store for tablet-friendly "Metro-style" programs.

However, for those of you who are expecting of the launching of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 together, you might be disappointed as rumors said that the Windows Phone 8 handset will be on the shelves somewhere in November. 
But Nokia's CEO, Stephen Elop has told the New York Times that Windows Phone 8 software will be released in October, leading speculation of the earlier release of the devices. 


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