Inexpensive upgrade promised for current Windows users.
Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will go on sale from October 26th. New PCs with the latest Operating System will be available from the same day. Earlier this month, Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Windows and Windows Live, Tami Reller, told attendees of the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows 8 would be available in October, but now we have a concrete date to add to our diaries. Those who have Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 installed can upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 and will receive Windows 8 Pro, the more advanced of the two retail editions.
Many had speculated that a late October release was on the cards based on the timing of the release of Windows 7, which came out on October 22nd 2009, and the announcement that Windows 8 would enter the "release to manufacturing” phase in early August. This is when the software becomes certified by Microsoft as ready to send to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
We must also keep an eye out for Microsoft’s Surface tablet, which is due for release around the time of the release of Windows 8. The tablet will run the Operating System as standard, bringing a streamlined approach to Microsoft’s offerings across a variety of devices.
There are still some details up in the air. No announcement has been made regarding the price of Windows 8 in a non-upgrade edition, which is called the System Builder. This version is required by those who assemble their own computers or for Mac owners who want to run the new OS on their machines.