Microsoft finally confirms Windows 8 availability, but does not reveal which devices will include the operating system
Windows 8, the latest operating system from Microsoft, will be available from October.
At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, the company said that Windows 8 would be released to manufacturers in early August with general availability by the end of October. Specific details were a bit thin on the ground, with Microsoft stopping short of exact dates.
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Update: The Windows Team Blog revealed that there will be an online upgrade offer. Users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 will be able to download Windows 8 as an upgrade for US$40. This offer will be avaialble in 141 different countries but Microsoft has not confirmed if this includes the UK.
Microsoft wouldn't be drawn on which devices will be available when Windows 8 launches, but big-name manufacturers including Samsung, Acer and Asus have already shown off their offerings. Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages in 231 markets worldwide.
The focus of the conference is very much on partners, with little news expected from Microsoft about its recently announced Surface tablets.
Microsoft also said Windows 7 was now the bestselling operating system ever, with 630 million licences sold to date.
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