Microsoft officially announces Windows 8 launch date - October 26th

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October 26th, 2012. That’s the date folks and it’s a Friday, in case you were wondering.

Microsoft today (via Steven Sinofsky) just revealed at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that Windows 8 for customers will be available for download and on new PCs too starting at the end of October. With a $40 upgrade fee in place, purchasing a license for the much hyped OS should be easy and painless. 

So where does that leave Windows Phone 8? We’re betting we’ll see a similar release pattern and time-frame for their next mobile OS. We have a feeling Microsoft is going for a big launch, dominating tech headlines for weeks to come. While it will be hard to coordinate with carriers, we’re hoping their strategy is aiming for a universal release.

For the last two years, Microsoft has released new Windows Phones in October/November so we’re hoping for a repeat this time around too.

At least that’s our expectation.

Source: Microsoft


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Microsoft officially announces Windows 8 launch date - October 26th


Yup, Surface Pro for me... it'll be an Xmas present from the girlie
And I hope they launch a series of windows 8 phones same day (10/26). I'll be getting it day one. Although I have a titan and wont be eligible for upgrade, I'll at least be able to pay my way out of contract to get this. Worth the price of admission imho.

Yup, the surface pro and hopefully a sweet Nokia pureview WP8 as gifts to myself this holiday season...or a bit after. !!

Something weird happens when the link goes into IE. If I paste the link in then it works, but direct from the link it doesn't.

Even so that comment has no place on a site like this. I wouldn't goto a PS3 site saying move sucks nor will I goto a Nintendo site saying Wii sucks.

This is a Windows Phone website though, a website for just the smart phone. It's not a site for the Xbox 360 or any other actual home entertainment system.

Well, I own a 360 and plan on getting a Wii U as well. For me, as long as Nintendo continues to crank out awesome first party games, their systems will always be automatic buys. As for Kinect, I got one used just for the fact that you can use video chat and it makes it easier to see my nieces in California. Otherwise, what games have been released that would convince anyone to go with a Kinect?

I am guessing because Wii U is the next console that will compete with xbox/ps3 even after all these years. 
Xbox is old. 

the reply to the OP didnt mention a ps3 so decided not to reference. 
In anycase,  xbox came out a year before ps3. 

Your wishlist is just like mine!  Although the Wii U is getting pushed back interest simple because of the expense of the Surface and having two little kids means pretty much no time for gaming.  I'll make due with my 3DS until later.

Most people who have used it says its pretty comfortable to use. And if it's the case that controller/tablets won't cut it, then is MS wasting it time with Smartglass? Granted, its not a separate device. But its the same concept. And besides, I'm almost certain you can use other peripherals beside the tablet controller. I think it's a wait and see type of deal.

The normal controller is designed like an xbox controller according to some sources that came out during e3.  It was done for Call of Duty purposes. 

Guys understand that owning multiple systems is because of your love for gaming. There's no need for fanboys in gaming it's got to much already. Every system has their great games. Besides he has an Xbox he's not missing out. Now being a fanboy of Windows Phone is acceptable lol. I do think Jelly Bean is a great OS though but I'm WP8 all the especially since I cracked my screen.

Going to be tough to beat my HTC Titan 2...I can't wait to see the next level of phone hardware for WP8.

That would be cool, the sooner the better for WP8 devices...
but, knowing MS, it will be WIndows 8 then WP8... :(

I think they should have released in Aug. 

All of the "Back to School" sales going on, and students/parents buying laptops for school, it would have been a great way to get a large addoption right away. But they are basicly missing the starting line here, and new students won't be buying W8 laptops untill the following summer.
I don't think most students are going to go through with an update mid-school-year. 

I agree if they would have gotten it out for back to school they would have gotten a lot more sales. Now they may lose some of their tablet sales for college kids to the ipad by default.

Yes! The W8ing is almost over. Surface I'm looking at you and Vizio I'm looking forward to your Win8 all in one.

In the pic at the top of the article, is that a new voodoo app and the hurt ex boyfriend is poking his ex girlfriend in the eye?

I'D really love to preorder a surface. I'm having a problem getting my mind around the reason they're willing to miss out on all the back to school revenue

If you get Windows 7 with your MSDN sub, you will get Windows 8 (and the ultimate versions too), MSDN normaly gets it a little sooner than retail too...

I know the nbr 8 is lucky in Chinese culture, but it's definitely my favorite now. Woohoo! ..doing my happy dance now :) Calendar marked!

And then the US Patent Office will allow them to patent it, forcing schools everywhere to pay royalties to them whenever they teach maths :p

In case this is in reply to my now deleted comment about wishing for a device that is simply called "8". I deleted coz it didn't make sense when I read it back :)

As I will end up getting Windows 8, but, for windows phone 8 I gota wait till October ? WTF, I want it ASAP...

Does that mean that surface (not the RT) is only comming in Jan ( they said it would be 3 months after windows 8 launch

If they can make something as good as the Surface Pro and its shipping as soon as its announced (ala apple), then definitely will get Nokia.

Really glad the upgrade is only $40. I recently got a cheapo refurbished desktop, and it runs Release Preview like a champ, but since it's refurbished, I don't believe I'm eligible for the $15 offer. $40 though? I'm cool with that.

Excited for this, but one question. What if your PC needs a clean install from some trouble. How could we re-install Windows 8 from the web. If the PC needs a clean install it probably will not be able to boot into the OS in the first place. 

My contract renews in February 2013. Just enough time to read the real world reviews and take advantage of the 3 month mark downs on the new models. Love my Surround; can't wait for WP8.