Microsoft has indirectly confirmed that the release of its Surface tablets for Windows 8 will be on the same day it releases the next-generation operating system.
In its annual report (Form 10-K) to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft said this:
“The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices.” [Emphasis ours]
In the past, all Microsoft has committed to is that the Surface tablets “would be available the same time that Windows 8.”
This is the first time the Redmond, Washington-based software giant has revealed a specific date for its release of the Surface tablets.
Microsoft earlier this June shocked the tech community after announcing two new Surface tablets, the Surface for Windows 8 Pro and Surface for Windows RT. Windows 8 Pro will be the version of the next-generation operating system for desktops, laptops and tablets like the Surface for Windows 8 pro while Windows RT is for devices based on the ARM architecture.
The Surface for Windows RT will be powered by a processor based on the Nvidia Tegra chip and it will also come with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 RT preinstalled. The Surface for Windows 8 Pro will be powered by an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor.
The announcement of the Microsoft Surface tablets generated some speculation that original equipment manufacturer will now have a less zealous relationship because Microsoft has just became one of their rivals in the hardware business.
Microsoft knows this as it also said in its Form 10-K report that: “In addition, our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform.”
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