Windows 8 release in October

2012-07-09 19:00

San Francisco - Microsoft said on Monday Windows 8 will be available to consumers in late October as part of the software giant's effort to ramp up its operating system for a variety of devices. Computers running on the next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system will also go on sale in October.

The announcement came at Microsoft's annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.

Communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said the company "confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to release to manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August" and "will reach general availability by the end of October".

Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide, he noted.

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-07-09 19:32

    Great - it took almost a year until Windows 7 started behaving on my system after all the patches were downloaded. Would advise anyone who can to wait a while until 8 has proven itself before buying.

      Preshen - 2012-07-11 08:45

      Software must be like sex best enjoyed when it is for free

  • issah.zuze - 2012-07-09 20:14

    windows 8 now, ok,\r\ndon't know how many decades it w'll take to reach us

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-07-09 20:15

    Already started developing my first software/app . Got my VS Developer license ,waiting for windows store licence . Can't wait to get the acer S7 thinnest ultrabook running windows 8, gonna use it for developing because i'm gonna do software engineering next year. Windows 8 is not bad still waiting for Windows 8 phone and Windows RT , Hope the interface is not that similar because i already saw the keynote announcements but they didnt give much detail. :) taking South Africa into the technological interface.

  • robert.olivier.92 - 2012-07-09 20:20

    YET Another hick-up like Windows Long Horn and Vista

      MeAgain - 2012-07-09 20:51

      And remember windows me? People giving you the thumbs down obviously haven't seen this pile of crap they call windows 8

  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-07-09 20:21

    Already used Windows 8 CP now using Windows 8 RP , Not comfortable with a mouse and drivers look outdated and still not supported . Apps to simple makes it look more like a phone than a computer, xbox live still wont support south africa ( am gonna look into that ) but its still a beta ?

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-07-10 09:26

    Until February last year I was n Windows XP which I absolutely loved and knew like the back of my hand. Then had to buy a new machine as my old one was on its last legs, and with the new one came Windows 7 - and which I am STILL trying to navigate my way through. My geek son also refuses to put me back on XP, saying 1) the new machine will not accept XP and 2) (to quote him): "Mom, you have learned to use every version of Windows ever since the beginning, and by NOT returning you to XP, but keeping you on 7, it's good exercise to keep your brain active... I don't want to see you ending up with Alzheimers..." Cheeky, don't you think? But me - being a year or two away from 80 - will have to continue on 7 - and I hope I'm six foot under by the time 8 comes on, I hope to be six-ft under - no thanks... too old to be put through another learning period...

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-10 11:38

      Your "new machine will not accept XP"? On installing, I gather. Perfect ways around that. (No driver for SATA in XP) For instance: burn new XP installation disk, but streamline SATA driver with it. Google a bit, not rocket science.

      antin.herinck - 2012-07-10 11:59

      BTW, Julie, huge kudos to you for being quite computer-literate! And please stay a bit longer with us. Also, ask your cheeky son to fix you up with an XP-cd that installs on your machine. If he knows so much, why did he not do so yet! In a way, I also liked XP better than any version. 7 may be OK -but MS left out some features I really missed.

  • china.aphane - 2012-10-25 21:06

    Good luck with your Win 8, i will stick to my Win XP! Win Vista failed me...

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