Windows 8 to arrive 26 October

Windows 8 will be officially launched on 26 October, Microsoft has said.

Windows 8 to arrive 26 October

Microsoft had already said the next-gen operating system would arrive at the end of October, after being released to manufacturers in August.

Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows division, has now confirmed the official date of Windows 8 general availability to attendees at a sales event.

Three “previews” of the OS have already been released, but Microsoft is likely to hold back new features for the launch, and some finer details of the redesign remain to be seen, notably the look and feel of the desktop UI.

It will be available as an upgrade from previous versions of Windows for $40, although the Windows RT edition will only be available preloaded on devices.

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