It was on October 22, 2009 that Windows 7 went on sale and now some three years later, Microsoft is ready to launch their next operating system, Windows 8. There’s been a lot of speculation that Windows 8 would come out in late October, but the exact date was not known until today.
It is now officially confirmed that users will gain access to Windows 8 on October 26th. On this date, customers will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 through one of the Microsoft initiatives that have already been announced and Windows 8 will also come preinstalled on new computers. Users that are looking to upgrade to Windows 8 will be able to do so for just $40. This information was made public and shared by Steven Sinofsky, Windows Division President who was addressing the shareholders at this years annual sales meeting.
As with other operating system launches that Microsoft has conducted, the Redmond company will not be taking a slow approach to the launch. On the release date, Windows 8 will be available in 231 different markets and it will also be available in 109 languages. It is critical for Microsoft to gain wide acceptance of their new operating system and unlike some of their past releases, Windows 8 will be available in fewer versions which will hopefully result in less confusion in the market. Combine this with the cheap upgrade price and the usual launch on new computers and we’ll have to see if they managed to successfully meet their target for market penetration some 90 days down the road.