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Windows 8 coming late October

Microsoft's new OS should have its Release-to-Manufacturing build in August

At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Canada, Windows chief financial officer Tami Reller confirmed that Windows 8 would see a retail release in late October. The operating system is also "on track" to have its release-to-manufacturing (RTM) build in the first week of August.

This means we'll be seeing Windows 8 hardware, like Microsoft's Surface tablet in October, just prior to the holiday shopping season. Microsoft's partners will be getting an early release of the OS so it can be installed on supported devices.

Reller also confirmed that Microsoft will turn out the commerce platform for the Windows with the launch of the RTM build. Windows 8 is currently on the Release Preview, where all apps on the Windows Store are free.

Reller said that Microsoft has sold 630 million Windows 7 licenses to date, up from 600 million in the first weeks of June.

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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis4 years ago
I have to say, I do want a Surface but I don't want Windows 8 on my desktop machine or laptop unless you can switch the interface to "Classic".

Metro works well with controllers and touch screens but for a mouse and keyboard it is just unnecessary clutter.
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