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Microsoft puts a bow on Windows 8, sets official release date

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(Read caption) The new Microsoft Surface tablet is shown at an event in Los Angeles. The Surface will run a version of the Windows 8 operating system, which is expected to launch this fall.

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Windows 8 is a go. 

In a post on the Windows 8 blog, Microsoft exec Steve Sinofsky announced that Windows 8 has been officially released to hardware manufacturers, which will begin to incorporate the operating system into tablets, computers, and smartphones. If all goes as planned, PCs equipped with Windows 8 will become available on Oct. 26, Sinofsky added. (A new report indicates that Microsoft may release the Surface tablet around the same time.) 

"While we have reached our [release to manufacturer] milestone, no software project is ever really 'done,' " Sinofsky wrote. "We will continue to monitor and act on your real world experiences with Windows 8—we’ve used the preview process to test out our servicing and we have every intent of doing a great job on this next important phase of the product. Hardware partners will continue to provide new devices and improve support for existing devices."

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