The release of Windows 8 on October 26 will come with a little bonus for those who have been waiting for accompanying hardware, according to the companyâ€™s SEC filing, the Surface tablet will go on sale the same day.
In its annual report filed with theÂ US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, Microsoft states: â€śThe next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on OctoberÂ 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices.â€ť
Typically ambitious, Microsoft hopes to sellÂ Â â€śa few million Surface PCsâ€ť in the coming yearâ€ť, but with the established hold over the market that Apple has, along with the recent arrival of Googleâ€™s Nexus 7 tablet, it might be a tougher battle to reach the proposed figures Mr Ballmer would like to see.
Speculation on pricing for the tablet has been rife and not terribly positive. The initial rumours ofÂ $599 for the Windows RT model, and $999 for the Windows 8 Pro version were seen as too high and so it is not surprising that the latest rumblings based on a Swedish seller aiming for the $1000 dollar mark for the cheapest model have also been criticised.
As attention increases on the Surface line, our own Alex Wilhelm rightly points out, â€śFrom a PR perspective, Microsoft needs to clear the air, and start talking numbers.â€ť Speculation leading to the idea that Microsoftâ€™s tablet will be too expensive could be a bad start to its launch.
For those still curious, regardless of price and thinking about saving for October 26, hereâ€™s the specs you need to know.