Windows 8 Availability in October
This week’s Monday, Windows has released statement that Windows 8 will be available to its OEMs starting August, while the availability of this newest version of Windows in the mass market is targeted for October.
Microsoft updates its Windows suite of operating systems once every three years, which means this most recent Windows update is nothing new. However, with Microsoft set on releasing its own tablet – running on Windows 8, of course – this newest Windows OS version is the most-awaited update since more than a decade ago. What sets this update apart from the rest of the earlier versions of Windows is that it is designed to work both on PCs and touch-screen tablets.
The early release of Windows 8, known as the RTM edition, to manufacturers and partners allows them to have the update in their hardware once the updated version is finally released to general availability in October. Corporate Vice President of Windows for Microsoft Tami Reller announced the availability of this earlier version next month at the Toronto conference for Microsoft’s partners on Monday.
The release of Windows 8 is expected to restore demand for personal computers and laptops, although the OS is also designed to be compatible for tablets. Industry analysts expect the versatile quality of this latest Windows OS to drive PC makers into releasing part-laptop, part-tablet devices. Recently HP and Dell, two of the most trusted PC makers in the industry, have expressed interest in manufacturing respective tablets that run on Windows 8. Microsoft has also announced the imminent release of an iPad counterpart in the shape of Surface, which is set to compete with the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.
Microsoft expects Windows 8 to surpass the performance of Windows 7, their best-performing OS version to date, which sold 630 million copies and more than half of this number in desktops since its release.