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Windows 8 release date announced

At a recent sales meeting the head of the Windows division, Steven Sinofsky revealed that the Windows 8 “Gold” version will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide on October 26th

Microsoft has promised to make the new operating system available in August for computer, tablet or smartphone makers to build into hardware and do final testing.

It “is simply the biggest deal for this company in at least 17 years,” Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer said last week, referring to the time since the launch of the game-changing Windows 95 operating system.

The new Microsoft Windows 8 system will support a wider range of devices, including touch- and stylus-based smartphones and tablet PCs as well as desktop and laptop machines.

This latest version of the operating system has been the standard for personal computers will now also be used on many tablet computers and smartphones, including the recently announced Microsoft Surface tablet that is scheduled to be released this year.

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