Microsoft Windows 8 launching in October 2012

Microsoft has confirmed its Windows 8 operating system (OS) will launch in October 2012. The announcement was made at the company’s worldwide partner conference by Windows CFO Tami Reller.

For those looking to buy a PC or laptop running the current Windows 7 OS, Reller confirmed they would be able to update to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.

Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said the OS was a key part of what he called the most important year for Microsoft, beating even the founding of the company or the launch of the PC. “This year is really unparalleled,” Ballmer said. “The core of Microsoft is reinventing itself for the modern era. It will be the best year ever.”

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