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Windows 8/RT officially arrives on October 26th

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Windows 8/RT officially arrives on October 26th
Those of you excited about Microsoft’s take on tablet computing (whether software or hardware) now have a specific date to pine away for: October 26th. Earlier today Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s head of Windows development, made the date official at their annual sales meeting, and word was posted to the official Windows blog.

No word on whether Windows Phone 8 will also ship on that date, but if not we’re sure it won’t be too far behind. Windows 8/RT promises to be the largest overhaul of the Windows UI since at least Windows 95, with a shift to a far more mobile-centric workflow featuring Window Phone 7’s Metro UI. In fact many industry observers have questioned whether desktop and laptop users will be much interested in the new version, although a slew of tablet converters and touch laptop hybrids promises to offer several different use models, alongside tablets based on both x86 and ARM chips.
Who is getting excited for this release out there? And do you plan to go with Microsoft’s own hardware, or see what other Windows OEMs cook up?

Windows 8/RT officially arrives on October 26th

source: Microsoft via The Verge

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posted on 18 Jul 2012, 20:22 2

1. jgcaap (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


its coming a bit late..

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 00:34 1

13. mas11 (Posts: 1014; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Yeah Microsoft should have released its tablets about 2 years ago.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 20:43 2

2. blinkdagger (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Windows 8 pc + Surface + Windows phone 8
Mac + ipad + iphone
???? + a lot of android tablet + a lot of android phone

So Google doesn't want to come out with good computer OS? Not just computer with browser cough*chromebook*cough*chromium but an OS that can integrate really well with android.

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 22:59

9. jael206 (Posts: 114; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


"... but an OS that can integrate really well with android"

but I thought android was already an OS..

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 00:10 1

11. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Umm... Linux anyone??!

Android IS Linux, and the two already can integrate very very well.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:01

18. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


but linux is crapy OS its way to difficult and combersome to do simple jobs on it its only friendly to developers and softwares experts for normal use linux is no way a good option besides one can simply install any OS on PC it doesnt matter there

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 07:41

21. ilia1986 (unregistered)


You have no idea about Linux now, do you?

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:44

22. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


well i tried it for 4 weeks and it was clear to me it is the most rubbish OS. even though i was using it on Advance usage like Amr9 code porting and C coding ubunto and also tryied in embeded linux well it was way to difficult and nonproductive that i almost left the compnay after they pushed me in that OS buissiness and it actully made me backfire them and i was back in hardware side so, dont tell me i dont know about linux i seen more then enough in 3 weeks to tell what rubbish OS it is.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 10:48

23. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


need to know why so much hate if u by chance had Win installed and used MS visual studio going from there to linux free compiler is like moved from heaven to hell with no project build support no debug support nothing what so ever i can do in it where is the good in linux when i have to waste 30 seconds to copy some administerator locked fiel sudo sudo where i can do it in 2 secs on windows tell me one good reson a normal user will love linux not some Developer view just plain user and saying its open making me laugh when u can costomize the desktop well anyone cxan do it on windows but on both OS its bad for PC performance..

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 11:59

17. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


thing is for computer all OS are customizable wallpapers and gagets so google android is not a thing of desktop its linux u should talk about there

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 21:01

3. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i hope the surface RT will cost lower than the iPad... if it wont.. it will be a fail..

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 21:24

6. -box- (Posts: 3565; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I would hope RT is cheaper as well, but since I'm guessing it'll be more capable than ios or Android (nothing against either, just stating a fact) a slightly higher price tag wouldn't be out of line

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 22:30

8. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


yah... agree... but if microsoft wants a good market on the tablet and there windows phone.. they should offer it a bit cheaper!!!

but since the surface has a keypad with it.. i guess 599 price is tolerable, but i just want them to lower it! like only 500! :P only a dollar expensive to iPad :)... but since the surface offers all microsft godies like the office i doubt that it will be price to that range! and its built quality too, using gorilla glass is the most eye catcher to that gadget!

but with microsft surface the best! :)

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:04

19. haseebzahid (Posts: 1775; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


dont you see its a laptop partially aswell and u asking for only tablet price well it will be good but cant be expected by looking at the features

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 21:09

4. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


google needs to do something really fast on their pc OS!! chrome OS isnt ready for primetime.. they need a primetime OS to compete with Windows and Macs... they need to work with android and make an OS for PC out of it!

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 21:21

5. darkvadervip (Posts: 275; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Sale MacBook pro get surface tab. Keep iPhone as work phone but windows8 as main phone. Buy a refurbish desktop from apple not Craigslist. That's priceless!

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 22:01

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I'd love the Asus 600 which is the windows equivalent of the prime. But only if it is equal price of $399. I really don't wanna pay $599 for the surface.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 01:50

15. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i dont think it will be that cheap. probably priced at the same neighborhood of the surface. and asus products are not always cheap

posted on 18 Jul 2012, 23:56

10. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Great Timing

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 00:11

12. ilia1986 (unregistered)


The end of the Desktop.. :'(

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 09:47

16. jgcaap (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


i think desktop will not end anytime soon but yes, it'll disapear someday.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 05:16

20. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Not soon - but in 10 years - it's gone.

Which is sad, really. Metro offers 0 productivity and almost no multi-tasking.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 08:05

24. jgcaap (Posts: 35; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


going to change with time and needs of people :)

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 01:19

14. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


I'm just waiting for the RTM version.

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