Windows 8 release date set for October 26th

Microsoft confirmed the release date for the next major release of the Windows operating system today. Windows 8 will be available on October 26, 2012, almost exactly three years after the Windows 7 debut. Steven Sinofsky broke the news at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting and Brandon LeBlanc wrote on the Windows Team Blog to confirm it.

Upgrading from Windows 7 will only cost users $39.99, which is much less than Microsoft used to charge in the past for upgrades. We should also see a slew of new tablet devices running Windows 8 come out around the October 26th date as a healthy contribution to the market. Microsoft’s own Surface tablet/laptop hybrid line of devices will probably get a release around that time, too.

What do you think? Are you excited for Windows 8?

[via Windows Team Blog]

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