Microsoft confirms Windows 8 for late October release

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Windows 8 has a release date – not an actual date, but we now know when it is expected to be available for the general consumer. At its Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller confirmed a “general availability” date of late-to-end of October.

What that means is that that is the date when Windows 8 and Windows RT computers will be out on sale, and when you can get a copy of Windows 8 for your PC. It is also the date when the upgrade program starts, so you can upgrade your existing computer for a cheap price.

The company also featured several upcoming Windows 8 devices – many utilising touchscreens and ultrabook form factors. The company also profiled a Samsung laptop – the Series 9 – that did not feature a touchscreen, but had gestures on an “oversized” touchpad that corresponded to several touch features on Windows 8.