Microsoft Surface tablet will launch on October 26th, along with Windows 8
"The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices," Microsoft revealed in its annual report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
That’s not a huge surprise given that a platform needs devices at launch, but it’s definitely good news for those waiting the Windows 8/RT devices. Microsoft is offering the devices with the option of two types of a keyboard with a trackpad, that it hopes will make the tablet a content creation machine, not just a device for content consumption.
Interestingly, across the report there are disclaimers about Windows 8 and its future. Microsoft is warning that a lot of factors are uncertain about its upcoming mobile OS and devices, and if not successful this could hurt the company. Here is what the disclaimer reads:
“In fall 2012, we are launching Windows 8...Its success depends on a number of factors including the extent to which customers embrace its new user interface and functionality, successfully coordinating with our OEM partners in releasing a variety of hardware devices that take advantage of its features, and attracting developers at scale to ensure a competitive array of quality applications. We expect to incur substantial marketing costs in launching Window 8 and associated services and devices, which may reduce our operating margins."
1. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
The moment of true is nearing, the countdown has started
2. wendygarett (unregistered)
4. tigermcm (Posts: 752; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
Still not happy i need a price so i know how broke i mean how much ill need saved for oct.
5. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1152; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I want the Microsoft "Surface Pro" version of the Microsoft of the Microsoft "Surface line" of tablet computers. I have used all 3 versions of the "windows 8 releases amd although Windows "8" is OK with me although it has it's faults I am afraid that it will not be well received by most People. I foresee that Windows "9" will work more like Windows "7" with the Old desktop being prominent again but with the addition of metro live tiles on the Desktop that update information within them in real time. Windows "9" will be better accepted because it will be "Desktop Centric" like windows "7".
6. Glim12808 (Posts: 393; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Can't wait!!! My WP7 device comes along with me everywhere I go because I love the Metro UI! I have downloaded W8 and installed it in the spare HDD of my PC and have fallen in love with it, more than I love W7, if that is even possible! So bring it on!!!
7. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1152; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Folks I wish Microsoft would put Windows "8" and the Windows Phone "8" devices on sale in September because October 28 is too close to "black Friday" the start of the Christmas shopping season. smart phones and Tablet Computers can be big ticket Items. Tablets cost at least 200 dollars for anything worth buying. High End smart
phones cost 100 to 200 dollars or more on contract. These Items will take a big chunk of cash out of Christmas present buying money. Apple has the right idea to put the Iphone 5 out in September well ahead of the Christmas shopping season.