Microsoft has announced the final date for the release of its long-awaited and next-generation Windows 8 operating system, which is the company’s most significant software upgrade in a decade.
According to Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows team, the new operating system will be available on October 26, 2012.
Sinofsky made the announcement on Wednesday at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting, known as the Microsoft Global Exchange (MGX).
The officials at Microsoft say that the Windows 8 comes in 109 languages and will be available in 231 markets across the world.
“Windows 8 has the flexibility you need -- whether you’re on an x86/64 or a WOA [Windows on ARM] PC,” Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said in a post on Windows Team Blog.
“You can use a touch screen or a keyboard and mouse - and switch anytime. It’s beautiful, fast, and fluid design is perfect for a wide range of hardware.”
The company has also announced that those who choose to buy selected versions of Windows 7 by the end of January 2013 are allowed to upgrade to a version of Windows 8 Pro at a discount, an attempt to preserve sales of Windows 7 operating system.This is while the software giant added that it is also set to launch its own tablet computers called the Surface this year.