At last today, Microsoft has confirmed that they will be launching their first Windows-based Tablet, The Microsoft Surface on October 26 of this year. The release date was actually set for the upcoming Windows 8/RT operating system and was revealed in the Redmond company’s annual report in which they announced that their new Microsoft Surface tablet will be arriving along with the Windows 8 launch on the same day.
Here’s what the Microsoft’s annual report explained about the filing this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
“The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices.”
This isn’t a big news given that a platform needs devices at launch, but it is definitely be a good one for those waiting for the Windows8/RT devices. Win RT (formally known as Windows on ARM) will be the version of the Windows 8 operating system for ARM devices such as integrated into a tablet. Which will officially only run software available through the Windows Store or included in Windows RT including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote as standard. Microsoft will only be selling the OS to device manufacturers directly, and not as a stand-alone product to consumers.
Microsoft’s Windows RunTime (RT) is offering the devices with the option of two types of a keyboard with a trackpad, powered with the new Metro style apps that it hopes will make the tablet a content creation machine, not just a device for content consumption.
Microsoft is set for a launch of two variants of its Surface tablet, a version running Windows RT using ARM processors and an Intel Surface Pro version running Windows 8 Pro, which is expected to arrive in 90 days after the October 26th Microsoft Surface Windows tablet launch.
Microsoft has also peppered disclaimers throughout the annual report, actually these can be found in SEC filing about the success, or lack thereof, of Windows 8.
“In fall 2012, we are launching Windows 8…Its success depends on a number of factors including the extent to which customers embrace its new user interface and functionality, successfully coordinating with our OEM partners in releasing a variety of hardware devices that take advantage of its features, and attracting developers at scale to ensure a competitive array of quality applications. We expect to incur substantial marketing costs in launching Window 8 and associated services and devices, which may reduce our operating margins.”
In the two Surface products offered, one is expected to be a more price-friendly version running Windows RT on top of ARM chips. The other, likely a bit pricier, will run Windows 8 Pro on top of Intel “Ivy Bridge” processors. While the pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be more competitive with the compatible ARM RT tablet or Intel Uktrabook-class PC, which pointed in the statement by Microsoft.
“The operative word here is “could” as this is simply speculation — Windows RT products as low as $500-$600 and Windows 8 Pro Intel-based products ranging up to $1,000, or possibly higher.”
Stay tuned for more details about the Microsoft Windows Surafce tablet and the Windows 8/RT device soon to launch in October 26th 2012. Via CNET