Washington: Tech giant Microsoft Corp has said that it plans to launch the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system on October 26, a news wire has reported.
Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc has spilled the news in his blog. The blog said that Windows unit boss Steven Sinofsky has revealed the Windows 8 debut date at a sales meeting of Microsoft.
Chief executive Steve Ballmer has touted it to be the most important launch for company since Windows 95 almost two decades earlier.
Microsoft is placing several major bets over that period: its new Windows 8 operating system, on track for a late October launch; its first "Surface" tablets; a new version of Office; and revamped phone software.
Microsoft said it will be sending Windows 8 to its hardware partners in the first week of August and it will be available more broadly by the end of October.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012, 09:18