Windows 8 Going on Sale October 26, 2012

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2012 - 09:33 PM |
Tagged: windows 8, software, operating system, microsoft, metro ui

As the summer continues to fly by, Microsoft is hard at work on wrapping up its upcoming Windows 8 operating system and getting it ready for final release. While the company has indicated previously that the Metro UI-powered OS would be available sometime in October, it release a more specific date today. Specifically, upgrade editions of Windows 8 as well as Windows 8-powered OEM machines will be available for purchase on October 26th, 2012.

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The announcement was made at an annual sales meeting by Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live President Steven Sinofsky today. Interestingly, the Windows Team Blog that reported on the announcement is noticeably absent of a mention for retail (not upgrade) editions of the Windows 8 operating system. That may well mean that physically packaged retail versions will not be available until a bit later in the year. Also missing is pricing; there is still no word on how much a full retail version of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro will cost. Even so, considering Microsoft is making upgrade editions available to anyone with a previous (licensed) version of Windows for $39.99, the retail versions are going to be pretty difficult to justify as they will likely cost much more than the upgrades.

Are you ready for Windows 8?

July 19, 2012 | 02:00 AM - Posted by Branthog

Good. October 26th will take us one step closer to Windows 9 and the hope that it'll be something users and businesses actually want.

July 19, 2012 | 09:16 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

When will Win7 stop shipping is more important, so I can stock a copy or two as Win 8 is not for me.

July 19, 2012 | 12:50 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Hmm I don't remember the exact date but you definitely have a while to grab some Win 7 goodness!

July 19, 2012 | 10:48 AM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

not doing ANYTHING till retail comes out because anything less then that is a waste of time.

July 23, 2012 | 02:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Will Windows 8 let me (1) backup a system Image to a flash drive (2) let me Raid Thumb drives?

July 24, 2012 | 02:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Im calling this early..Win 8 will be more of a flop then Windows ME was. Ill stay with Win 7 for now, Thx

July 24, 2012 | 03:00 PM - Posted by DnaAngel (not verified)

Not a thing wrong with Win 7, its a great OS. I was raised on the principal if its not broke dont fix it. Keep your Windows 8 for your stupid windows phones. Looking like back to Debian i go..

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