Confirmed: Windows 8 is launching on October 25

Confirmed: Windows 8 is launching on October 25Windows 8 is an awkward one for us. It's basically a PC operating system, which we don't cover, but Microsoft stubbornly insists PCs include tablets, which we do cover. Still, who says things should be neatly compartmentalised after all?

Er, anyway, the point is that Microsoft has announced that its tablet OS Windows 8, which also runs on PCs, will officially launch on October 25.

That's in just over a month's time, but the news isn't much of a surprise given how Microsoft made it known back in July that Windows 8 will officially go on sale on October 26.

But with Windows Phone 8 also getting its last few coats of paint ahead of its general release, it's good to have the dates confirmed.

What the Save the Date invite doesn't confirm, however, is whether (as was claimed in July) the Microsoft Surface tablet would be fully unveiled at the Windows 8 launch event.

Maybe it's reading too much into his comments, but the way Steve Ballmer was talking about the Surface in an interview published over the weekend, we're not 100% confident it'll be ready to go on time. We'll hopefully know more soon.

Via Engadget

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JanSt / MOD  Sep. 17, 2012 at 20:13

16 years late...

CTPAHHIK  Sep. 17, 2012 at 20:24

Hope 30 days trial will be available for download. I like to give it a try.

satchef1  Sep. 17, 2012 at 21:17

16 years late...

Or was AOL 16 years too early? :p (or just... crap)

barrybarryk  Sep. 17, 2012 at 22:18

tablet OS which also runs on PCs Easily the most accurate description of Windows 8 around lol

I've used metro/WinRT apps a few times on a tablet screen and they are really handy on that with all their swipey goodness but they're still practically unusable with a mouse and keyboard. And there's no chance of me getting a touchscreen monitor for a desktop anytime soon.

satchef1  Sep. 17, 2012 at 22:23

I have literally no problem with the Metro apps on my PC. That said, I haven't used any of them in weeks, possibly months. I just bounce in to the regular desktop as soon as W8 starts. To be honest, I've found the apps a little flaky. Hopefully they're better by launch, but even then they don't quite gel right with a keyboard and mouse. I think 'unusable' is a bit strong, but certainly awkward.

barrybarryk  Sep. 17, 2012 at 22:45

well taking up a whole screen just show an email inbox or list about 20 contacts etc while having to move the mouse the entire length of the screen to get at a button is what I'd call practically unusable. I use two monitors on my desktop with about 8 or 9 open windows at a time. If I wanted to do one thing at a time I'd stick to a terminal

The desktop is fine though, it's just the normal desktop with a fair few improvements in a lot of the in built applications. I just don't like not being able to see or control metro processes from the task manager, but I'm guessing that'll change, there are plenty of hooks for it in the APIs. Lack of a start button/menu shouldn't really bother anyone, start8 does a good job and OEMs have written their own that they'll roll out when their windows 8 hardware starts to ship

SpeedyG  Sep. 18, 2012 at 22:21

I presume this will be WP8 release date too give or take a day??


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