Microsoft confirms late October release for Windows 8

New OS and devices will land in August for manufacturers and hit shelves two months later

Microsoft has finally given its eagerly-awaited Windows 8 OS a launch date, and it's coming late this October.

While we've known for some time that an Autumn release was on the cards, it's nice to have something a bit more more concrete. The announcement was made by Microsoft's chief marketing officer, Tami Reller, who said the new OS will be available to manufacturers starting the first week of August, though consumers will have to wait an extra two months to get their mits on it.

Although a release date wasn't given for the Surface tablets, we expect it won't be far away, as Windows 8 tablets will begin rolling out alongside the October release. The Windows 8 Marketplace, which has been free until now, will also begin charging for apps so developers can cash in on their creations.

Those of you currently running Windows XP, Vista or 7 will be able to update to Windows 8 Pro for US$40 (around £25) when it lands this Autumn. And for anyone who bought a Windows PC after 2 June, Microsoft will charge you just US$15 (around £9.70) for the upgrade. Isn't that nice of them?

Source Windows Blog

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