This isn’t really “breaking” news as Microsoft has hinted Windows 8 and the Surface would be released this year, but now we have an official date according to SEC filings.
“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,” Microsoft said in its annual report filed this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Microsoft has said before that Surface products “would be available the same time that Windows 8” was launched, but it’s reassuring to see the date in writing.
It’s also noted that the Surface being released on October 26th is the RT tablet which does not have backwards compatibility with older versions of Windows. The Intel based Surface Pro will most likely debut in January of 2013.
Microsoft certainly has a lot riding on these releases.
Is anybody getting in on Windows 8 or the Surface?