Microsoft Windows 8 is set to be released on October 26. The new version of the operating system almost appears exactly three years after Windows 7. Windows 8 will be launched in 109 languages. Director for the development of Windows Steven Sinofsky at the annual meeting of the Microsoft Partner Sales announced the release date .
Simultaneously with the announcement made at the event, there was a corresponding entry in the official blog of Microsoft, dedicated to the development of a new OS – WindowsTeamBlog.com.
“Simply put, the company is the biggest event for at least the past 17 years,” – said Sinofsky. 17 years ago saw the light of the operating system is Windows 95.
Despite the fact that previously appeared on the opinion that Microsoft may abandon the sale of Windows 8 “in box” in favor of upgrading existing systems, it was obviously not wealthy. RTM-release version of Windows 8 is scheduled less certain – in early August, access to this version of Windows 8 will be partners and customers with existing corporate contract Software Assurance, as well as developers and subscriptions to MSDN / TechNet.
It is worth mentioning that for users of outdated and not very systems Windows XP, Vista and 7 will be available (including Russia and Ukraine), a special system to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $ 39.99.
In early July, Microsoft announced that the new operating system will available to public in late October, but now, the exact day has been revealed. Windows XP, Vista and 7 users can upgrade for $40 through Windows.com to Windows 8 Pro. Also, an upgrade DVD will appear on the shelves for $70. Users Who purchased the windows 7 system between 2 June and 31 January 2013 may be qualified for a $15 upgrade. Windows Starter and Enterprise are not a part of the deal on this latest offer. The manufacturer version release is to appear in early August.
Proposal Corporation will act only for the online upgrade to the site Windows.com and for a limited time – until January 31, 2013 in the markets of 131 countries. Microsoft did not specify which countries will operate a new proposal. A separate retail version would not come, according to rumors, Microsoft would only have an upgrade DVD and OEM version to offer. The new Microsoft operating system will appear in four versions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 RT for ARM systems and a version for large business use.[via Windows Team Blog]