Windows 8 officially available on October 26, 2012

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Eying for the release of the final, retail version of Windows 8? Good news, Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky has just announced the availability date of Windows 8: October 26th, 2012. That’s 3 months and a week away from today. In addition to being able to purchase a new copy of Windows 8 for fresh installations, Microsoft also has an upgrade period between Windows 8 launch and January 31st of 2013 where existing Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for ‘just’ $40 (which is one of the lowest Windows upgrade prices ever, and extends to users of 3 of Microsoft’s previous Windows operating systems… they really want you to jump abroad the Windows 8 ship!).

And with that out of the way, we can look forward to the next much-awaited thing from Microsoft: their Surface tablets. Microsoft is likely to say something about the release and pricing of their Surface tablets (which will run a version of Win 8) as we get closer to Window 8’s big day in October.

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