"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."