Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system will be available to consumers from late October the company announced Monday at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.
Communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said the company “confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to release to manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August” and “will reach general availability by the end of October.”
Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide. The latest version of the operating system that is the norm for personal computers will also be used on many smartphones and tablet computers, including Microsoft’s own Surface tablet to be launched this year.
The new Microsoft system will support a wider range of devices, including touch- and stylus-based smartphones and tablet PCs as well as desktop and laptop machines.