When Microsoft unveiled the release date for Windows 8, its next generation operating system, the company remained silent about the availability of its own Surface tablets. We suspected that the slates will land shortly but now Microsoft has officially confirmed the release date (even though it hinted towards it in the past).
The Redmond-based company’s annual U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission report says: “the next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices”.
One word of note though: these will be Windows RT tablets powered by ARM processors; the Pro version, as announced, will arrive 90 days later, most probably at the beginning of next year (towards the end of January). Official pricing will be unveiled “closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC”.