Back at the launch party in June, Ballmer revealed that the ARM-based Microsoft Surface RT would be a Windows 8 launch device, however there was no mention of it when the Windows 8 release date was confirmed as October 26 last week.
Well, if you’ve been furiously biting your nails waiting for confirmation of the Microsoft Surface RT release date, bite no longer.
See, the Microsoft Surface RT release date has officially been confirmed in a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
The relevant part reads: "The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices."
It’ll be the ARM-based Microsoft Surface RT on sale first, followed – three months later – by the Intel-powered Microsoft Surface Pro.
A Swedish site recently estimated the 32GB Microsoft Surface RT price at £650, and the 128GB Microsoft Surface Pro price at a whopping £1,400. Pretty steep, but those are merely wild guesses at this stage.
What do you think? Will you be grabbing a Microsoft Surface RT on October 26?