Microsoft's Windows 8 release will happen in October

Microsoft's Windows 8 release will happen in October
Microsoft has just confirmed the release date for Windows 8. The new operating system that will end up on desktop and notebook computers, as well as tablets across the globe will arrive in October. The announcement was made at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 in Toronto by chief financial officer Tami Reller.

Microsoft is also bringing the Windows 8 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) in the first week of August. The RTM version is basically the final version of the operating system, released to manufacturers. They can then start work on getting it onto their devices.

Up until now, we only officially knew that Microsoft is releasing Windows 8 somewhere in the second half of the year, and now finally it’s all pinned down to the month. Note that while Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 use the same kernel and share many features, there is still a thin line that separates the two platforms. Windows Phone 8 will be strictly for smartphones, while Windows 8 that just got confirmed for October will end up on tablets.

source: Microsoft via SlashGear

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16 Comments

1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

YAY I'm so excited! Please, don't let me down MS! I'm not sure how people are going to take this since it is such a big change, but I hope it works out!

10. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Big change...yeah...will miss start button!

2. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Can't wait! I've enjoyed the W8 Release Preview so far; apps and UI look gorgeous even on my desktop.

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Not mentioning the huge amount of bugs ;)

6. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

There's a reason it's called a Release Preview and not the final version.

7. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

OK I see, But not this amount of bug in a pre-release version, right?

9. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

I barely have any problems in the pre-release version and it's running just fine.

12. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Like Muhannad stated in Comment #9, I'm barely experiencing any bugs in the Release Preview. The worst problem I notice is Google Chrome not showing any tabs for a second until I click on the window again. Other than that, it's been a perfectly smooth experience. So please feel free to explain the bugs you are currently experiencing, if you are actually even using the Release Preview at all.

3. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Im just looking at the thumbs down marks on peoples comments. I don't get it. Are u aware of how major this OS is. I can't wait either. And yes I will be picking up a surface tablet.

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Great... now we are going to have a new challenger in this thermonuclear war of OS

16. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Indeed mate :) they are real Giant in this Business :)

8. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I'm probably going to install this on my laptop and keep my desktop at Windows 7. I like the direction Microsoft is going with Windows and the fact that I can still use the traditional desktop mode is a plus. Metro UI + desktop FTW.!!!

11. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I tried win8...but not sure if its worth upgrading from win7

13. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Been slugging along on my PC with Windows Vista (ewwww), waiting on a release. Will upgrade the innards of my PC, and get Windows 8 slapped on there. I am excited for a new toy.......

14. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Snow, if you don't mind re-installing again when the official consumer release of Windows 8 comes out in October, I would recommend installing the Release Preview now. Beats Vista, and should run well on your hardware if Vista runs well right now.

15. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Hahahahahaha you know those who are doing thumbs down belongs to a s**tty OS category cause they have got scare from this release. Go Microsoft go you own my money for Windows phone 8 and Tablet love you MS :)

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