Only last week
Microsoft announced at the 2012 Worldwide Partner Conference
that Windows 8 will become available to OEMs in the first week of
August, and to consumers by the end of October. Now we have an
Today at Microsoft's annual sales meeting, Steven Sinofsky,
President of the Windows Division, announced that Windows 8 will
reach General Availability, i.e. launch, on October
26th, 2012. Consumers will be able to purchase
new desktops, laptops and tablets pre-installed with Windows 8
starting that day.
For users currently running Windows 7, Vista and XP on their
computers, Microsoft has announced a $39.99 offer to
upgrade to Windows 8 Pro + Media Center. And if you've recently
bought a new PC, don't be disheartened as you won't be left out
either - you'll be able to
upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.
own ingeniously designed Surface tablets will also go on sale
around this time, which is great news for holiday season shoppers.
Intel's CEO Paul Otellini has said that PC manufacturers have over
140 Windows 8-based Ultrabooks and tablets in the works, all
running on its Core i and Atom series of processors. Add to that
the Windows 8 devices that will come with ARM-based chips, and
there should be plenty of choice for buyers.
Image credit: Blogging Windows (modified)