Windows 8 released to manufacturing

August 3, 2012 Timothy Tablet Technology

Windows8Microsoft has released Windows 8 to manufacturing, meaning it’s on the way to a store near you. The official release date has been set for Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

According to Blogging Windows, “People will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26 either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. And if you buy an eligible Windows 7 PC today, you will be able to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (U.S.) through the Windows Upgrade Offer.”

As Oct. 26 is the official release date for Windows 8, that will likely be the release date for Windows 8 tablets, phones and other mobile devices and accessories. Expect the Windows 8 app store to go public on Oct. 26 as well. Microsoft has already given away unlocked Windows 8 phones to university student software developers in the Little Rock area to aid in Windows 8 app development.

Techies can get a copy earlier through Microsoft’s TechNet and MSDN services. Downloads will begin on Aug. 15 through Sept. 1, depending on your technical status.

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