Microsoft Confirms Windows 8 Coming in October

We knew it was coming. But now we known when.

Earlier this morning, Microsoft officially kicked off its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto with some exciting news. According to Microsoft VP and Windows CFO Tami Reller, Windows 8 is coming… in late October.

The operating system, however, will be released to manufacturers in early August, reports Tech Crunch.

Customers who purchase Windows 7 PCs between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 will be able to upgrade to the new operating system for a scant $15. What’s more, Microsoft last week has said that users on XP, Vista, or 7 will be able to purchase the Windows 8 upgrade for $40 once October rolls around in an attempt to simplify the transition.

All told, it’s shaping up to be a busy fall for Microsoft. In addition to the launch of Windows 8 and the new Windows 8-powered Microsoft smartphone, last month – as the rumor mill correctly predicted – Microsoft finally unveiled its long awaited “Surface” Windows 8 tablet.

The launch will be significant in that it marks the venerable brand in computer technology’s foray into the increasingly competitive tablet space. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer praised the new tablet in its unveiling, calling it an exceptional creation from his company.