Microsoft has confirmed the company is all but done with development of Windows 8 and the company is ready to ship the new operating system's “Release to Manufacturer” (RTM) build to OEM partners in August. For consumers the operating will officially launch by the end of October.
Speaking at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference in Toronto, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller, made the official announcement. The exact release date is yet unknown, with Beller only saying "late October", however this is the first official confirmation of a possible released date the company has given since announcing Windows 8.
Microsoft has already confirmed the Windows 8 product lineup as well as a $15 upgrade promotion for new Windows 7 systems. Earlier this month a new $39.99 upgrade promotion was added for all current Windows users wishing to upgrade to the new OS. Availability of that program should coincide with the October release.