Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT will be available on October 26, 2012. Steven Sinofsky has dropped the date for the GA (General Availability milestone) date during the annual sales meeting. This announcement has several implications:
- The most obvious one, it is a Friday, you can buy Windows 8 and spend all weekend playing with your new OS and upgraded PC or new PC
- PCs from third party vendors will be made available on this same date to carry both Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT.
- Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 RT will be available that same day as announced a few weeks earlier.
- Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available 90 days from October 26, which is January 24, 2013
Now I can’t wait for the day to come, but I am much more interested in getting the new Surface and replacing my old Windows 7 tablet.
Between the new Windows Phone 8 devices, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT, it will be a very busy holiday season!