Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Windows 8 Officially Releasing Oct 26th

Speaking at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting Steven Sinofsky, President of the Windows and Windows Live Division, announced at that customers will be able to get Windows 8 – whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC – starting on October 26th. These details were later confirmed on the Windows Team Blog

Microsoft has made several major announcement about the upcoming operating system but this is the first time we've had definitive confirmation of a release date. There was no mention as to the possibility of a full version retail release. However, popular Windows Blogger Paul Thurrot has said he believes Windows 8 will come in upgrade form only and that there will be no retail full versions of Windows 8. How this would work for new PC builds is yet unknown and Paul's post was a bit confusing on the issue!

So far Microsoft has confirmed  the Windows 8 product lineup as well as a $15 upgrade promotion for new Windows 7 systems being sold. 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 26th  release date.

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