July 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM ET
Microsoft has finally confirmed that Windows 8 will be available to the general public by late October, which is likely when some nice new tablets will arrive, too.
The timeframe was revealed by Microsoft's Tami Reller during the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Canada on Monday. (In case you're wondering, the late October release date means that manufacturers will have their hands on Windows 8 at the beginning of August, so that they can get their products ready to go.)
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The release date potentially lends some credence to a prior report — by Bloomberg's Jun Yang and Ian King — claiming that Samsung is planning to release a Windows RT tablet in October.
This sounds about right. RT, the tablet-friendly version of Windows 8, ought to hit shelves around the same time as the full-fledged version, because Microsoft promised to time the release of its own RT tablet, the Surface, with the Windows 8 launch, too.
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