Official: Windows 8 Release Date Is October 26th
Yesterday, Steven Sinofsky announced during Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that the Windows 8 release date was set for October 26th.
A week and a half ago, Tami Reller announced at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows 8 will enter the RTM (Release To Manufacturer) stage in August and that the operating system will hit the store shelves sometime in late October.
Now, Microsoft officially confirmed Windows 8 release date. The rumors prior to the official announcements saying that Microsoft’s operating system will see the light of day in October were confirmed: Windows 8 is launching on October 26th.
Windows 8 is an operating system that will become extremely important to Microsoft, as the October update of the most important desktop platform will allow the Redmond-based company to strengthen their position in the post PC era, by converging the Windows Phone, Xbox, Surface and Windows ecosystems.
In order to lure the consumers to upgrade their systems to Windows 8, Microsoft announced a very attractive update program for Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. The Windows 8 upgrade for the aforementioned systems will the cheapest in the history of the American company: $39.99.
Starting October 26th, the users will be able to purchase Windows 8 licences, upgrade their old Windows versions and even purchase a PC, laptop or a tablet running on the new Microsoft operating system.
The MS Windows users with a valid licence can purchase the new operating system online for a special price of only $39.99 starting October 26th, from Microsoft’s official website, while the Windows 8 upgrade DVD box will have a price tag of $69.99.
The new Windows 8 and its already-popular Metro user interface, developed to provide a fluid experience both for PCs and tablets, brings numerous changes for Windows users. Microsoft have ditched the Start button in the Desktop mode, while the Aero Glass graphic elements will no longer be available.