Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Public Availability on October 26

Last week at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft told their partners, and the world, that Windows 8 is on schedule for RTM (release to manufacturing) in the first week of August. Along with RTM, the final bits will be available for partners to download from MSDN shortly after RTM. A release to manufacturing for the first week in August means that is would reach general availability around the end of October. And that was all Microsoft had to say in regards to the availability of Windows 8 at WPC. Today, at Microsoft’s annual sales conference, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 will be on a new computer or as an upgrade starting on October 26th.


We now have a date for Windows 8, but Microsoft has yet to confirm the availability date for Surface RT, Office 15, and Windows Phone 8. I would hazard a guess that all of these products will hit the streets on the same date – October 26. It wouldn’t be the first time that Microsoft has released multiple products at the same time. Although, it may be the largest amount of products that they’ve shipped in one shot. I’m excited to finally have a date for Windows 8, but I’m excited to play with all of these new products. As such, I’m hoping they all ship together.

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.