Microsoft unveils official release date for Windows 8

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Microsoft has finally revealed the date for the official release of its anticipated Windows 8.

According to Windows Blog reports, Windows 8 will be launched on 26 October 2012, just few days before Halloween.

The news spread following a statement made by Tami Reller at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference that Windows 8 would be available this October. It was Steven Sinofsky who revealed the final date during an annual sales meeting at Microsoft.

Consumers who want to upgrade from an older Windows version will only have to pay US$39.99 (£25.54). Those who purchased a new Windows 7 computer after 2 June can upgrade to Windows 8 for only US$15 (£9.58).

For those who do not want to upgrade online, a packaged DVD version of the Windows 8 Pro will be available for US$69.99 (£44.70). Both of these promotions will end on 31 January next year.

“We believe that your upgrade experience in Windows 8 will be a breeze by offering a faster experience, a single upgrade path, and compatibility from prior versions of Windows,” said Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft.

LeBlanc said the Windows upgrade has been simplified through the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, which manages everything during the upgrade from selecting the language to checking compatibility and more. He added that advanced users will have the ability to customise the upgrade.

On Monday, the Customer Preview version of Office 2013 was launched. Included are Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, and Access. Lync and OneNote have style differences to facilitate tablet use.

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