by Anton Shilov
08/01/2012 | 09:52 PM
Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday said that its highly-anticipated Windows 8 operating system has been released to manufacturing. The software giant has completed the product development and testing of the product and has started handing off the final code to its OEM partners, who can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they will launch on October, 26, 2012.
The end-users will be able get Windows 8 starting on October 26th either by upgrading for $39.99 or on a new PC or device. If one buys an eligible Windows 7 PC today, then it will be possible to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 through the Windows upgrade offer.
In addition, Microsoft has a number of programs that provides various audiences early access to the Windows 8 RTM code to help prepare for Windows 8 as it enters the marketplace this fall:
Microsoft Windows 8 operating system will be available in three versions. Two versions will be designed for x86 processors and one will be aimed at ARM-powered systems. All three will support touch-screen, keyboard and mouse, all general capabilities of Windows and Metro-style apps. The version for ARM will also include touch-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, but will not run Windows applications designed for x86 processors. Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.