July 30, 2012 at 5:24 PM ET
If you happened to peruse the annual report Microsoft filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week, you may notice that a rather obvious little bit of news was confirmed in the documents: That the Redmond-based company's Surface tablets will hit shelves on Oct. 26, along with Windows 8.
The detail is mentioned quite casually in the report:
The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices.
CNET's Brooke Crothers was among the first to call attention to the line in the SEC report. As he points out, the time frame has been suggested before, though not confirmed to the exact day. And what's frustrating is, it's still not confirmed.
We called up Microsoft's PR folks to get the confirmation directly, but when we heard back, all the spokesperson would say is that the original statement about the Surface still stands:
When Microsoft announced the device last month in L.A., they indicated that "Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability of Windows 8, and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later."
Why confirm it in investment documentation, but not confirm it directly to reporters? Regardless, whether it hits on Oct. 26 or just after, we're looking forward to testing it out.
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