July 10, 2012- Microsoft announced that its new operating system, Windows 8, would be available in the market sometime in late October. The software giant is striving to remain important in the mobile era that is centered around smartphones and tablets.
Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, said the October launch date will be the biggest launch of products and services the company has ever had. The new operating system will available for smartphone, tablet or computer makers starting in August to build into their hardware, said Microsoft.
In late October, the new operating system will then be available to consumers through an update, the firm said on Monday at a gadgets show in Toronto. Microsoft announced that over 630 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold and that, that system helps power the vast majority of desktop computers used for business. Windows 7 was launched to the public back in October of 2009.
The latest operating system will also be used for many tablets and smartphones, including the Surface tablet by Microsoft that will be launched sometime this year. Microsoft said the new tablet would be available in the market when the new Windows 8 is available to the public. The new operating system allows its users to share and store personal data readily, among different devices under the cloud computing service SkyDrive.