During their annual Worldwide Partner Conference last Monday, Microsoft confirmed the rumors that they will release the Windows 8 this October. The software giant also pointed out that their new operating system is on track to a Release to Manufacturing on the first week of August. This means that businesses with Software Assurance benefits can have full access to the software’s bits as early as next month.
The RTM will turn the commerce platform on to enable app developers to earn money for their applications. Meanwhile, all apps on the Windows 8 Release Preview will be available for free.
On the other hand, Windows 8 will reach general availability by the end of October. This means that new Windows 8 PCs will likely to be available this fall.
According to Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller, their new operating system will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets around the world. Customers will also be able to upgrade their PCs to Windows 8 when it goes on sale later this year.
Other than the upcoming OS, Microsoft will also release their Windows RT, a new ARM-based OS for tablets, on October. It is also possible that the company will release their Surface tablet on the same month.
Meet Microsoft’s Surface Tablet
Last month, Microsoft took the wraps off its Surface Windows 8 tablet during a last-minute special event in Los Angeles. It is a 10.6-inch multi-touch tablet that features VaporMg enclosure, built-in stand, dual MIMO arrays, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 display.
The Surface tablet will come in two models: The Surface for Windows 8 Pro and Surface for Windows RT. The first one weighs in at 1.9 lbs and is 13.5 mm thick. It runs on Intel Ivy Bridge i5 processor and features 1920 x 1080-pixel ClearType full HD display, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSDXC card reader.
On the other hand, the Surface for Windows RT weights in at 1.5 lbs and is 9.8 mm thick. It boasts 1280 x 720-pixel screen, USB 2.0, Micro HD video, and microSD slot. It also has a “perimeter venting” to handle the heat coming from the Intel chip.
As for its Windows 7 predecessor, it was announced that the current OS reached a new milestone. Dubbed as the “bestselling operating system in the history,” Reller stated that over 630 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold to date. In addition, over half of the enterprise desktops today are running on Windows 7.
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