Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller unveiled the first details on Windows 8 availability Monday at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference. Windows 8 is coming soon with big releases in August and October.
Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August.
Windows 8 will reach general availability by the end of October. A specific sales date was not provided.
The dates for the Windows 8 launch fall in line with a series of recent splashes Microsoft has been making in the news. Recently Microsoft announced plans for the next version of its mobile OS, Windows Phone 8, and the Microsoft designed and built Surface tablet. Both offerings are expected to hit the market in time for the 2012 Holiday Season.
In her remarks, Tami announced that more than 630 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold to date – and that more than half of enterprise desktops today are running Windows 7. The new Windows 8 operating system will have a tremendous customer reach, anticipating to reach 550 Million current Windows 7 PCs in 24 months.
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