Microsoft: Windows 8 officially landing in October

Microsoft: Windows 8 officially landing in OctoberMicrosoft has kept fairly quiet with regards to Windows 8’s release date, but now it’s gone and spilled official juice all over the table.

Manufacturers will be served Windows 8 pie next month, with a view to hardware going on sale in October. Huzzah?

The news comes via Tami Reller, chief marketing and financial officer for Windows, so it’s safe to leave that salt shaker to the side. She was blabbering away at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Writing on the Windows Blog, Brandon LeBlanc added: “For the first time, we provided details on Windows 8 availability. Tami confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August.

“Tami went on to say that Windows 8 will reach general availability by the end of October! This means that new Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs will be available to buy and upgrades will be available starting in October. She also mentioned that that Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.”

It’s not clear, however, if the Microsoft Surface will be among the Windows 8 launch devices.

In any case, not long to go now…

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