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Microsoft sets official Windows 8 release date

Microsoft’s next OS is set to launch later this year on the 26th of October

Speaking at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting, Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows and Windows Live Division, announced that Windows 8 will be officially launching on the 26th of October. The company had previously announced that the OS would be making its way sometime in October of this year, but there had been no specific date set.

Microsoft has been preparing quite a while for the big day, and they’ve already provided plans for upgrading existing Windows PCs. During the period between the Windows 8 launch and January 31st, 2013; users will be able to upgrade their PCs to Windows 8 Pro for just $40, as long as they’re running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. In addition, with the OS's launch date set, we can probably expect word about the Surface tablet's release as well.


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Omar Qudsi, 2012-07-18 (Update: 2012-07-18)