Microsoft just mentioned for the first time a more concrete Windows 8 launch date.
Microsoft has announced today at a partner event that Windows 8 will be released in October. Today in Toronto, Canada, at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference, Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller unveiled that Windows 8 will be released in October.
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October would be good time to launch the new OS. This would give Microsoft and its partners enough time to be fully up to speed during the crucial Holiday shopping season. This will also leave room for plenty of Windows 8 Black Friday 2012 deals in November.
Tami confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August. For enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits, they will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August. Additionally, she noted that RTM is when we’ll be turning on the commerce platform so that developers can start earning money for their apps.
Tami went on to say that Windows 8 will reach general availability by the end of October! This means that new Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs will be available to buy and upgrades will be available starting in October. She also mentioned that that Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.
Via the Windows Team Blog.