Microsoft to launch Windows 8 in October

Microsoft will be sending Windows 8 to its hardware partners in the first week of August.

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2012, 18:03 PM IST

Zeebiz Bureau

Washington: Tech giant Microsoft Corp has said that it plans to launch the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system in October, a news wire has reported.

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