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.