After a long time of silence by the Redmond Giant over the speculated October release date, Microsoft has officially announced the release date of their next OS Windows 8 set for October 26th this year 2012.
The announcement was made by Steven Sinofsky at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting, and the confirmation was almost instantaneously shared via the Windows Team Blog. It’s yet to be confirmed that the Surface tablets will be available for sale the same day, although it’s widely expected that they and other touchy feely new PC hybrids will be.
The release date applies to new Windows 8 PCs and to upgrades, which will cost $40 through January 31 for users running Windows XP or later. Microsoft still hasn’t announced non-upgrade Windows 8 pricing for users who build their own PCs or want to run the OS on Mac hardware.
The new software has a Metro interface design that works as well on tablets as on traditional computers, and will replace Microsoft Windows 7, which has sold 525 million copies since it was released three years ago. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer has already talked of 500million machines running Windows 8 within a year.
Well for now, mark October 26th on your calender to witness once again the evolution that Microsoft think will change the way people use PC.