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Windows 8 RTM: Early August; General Availability: End Of October

Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference is underway at Toronto, Canada and the enthusiasts have their eyes on the announcements. Steve Ballmer is on stage with and has so far discussed Office 365, Yammer and Windows 8. As Microsoft’s Tami Reller—VP for Windows—is showcasing several Windows 8 PCs and gave us a Windows 8 release date timeline. According to Microsoft:

  • Windows 8 will RTM in the first week of August (Windows 7 RTMed in the third week of July)
  • Windows 8 will be available for upgrades and off-the-shelf buying towards the end of October

One of the announcements many were expecting was about Office 15 or Office 2013; Steve Ballmer mentioned Office 2013 and said he uses it along with Windows 8 but brushed any product announcements to later this summer.

Microsoft’s Worldwide Developer Conference usually is about their hardware and software partners across the world and Microsoft seems to be pulling off a great show. One of the key topics to start the show was cloud computing and Office 365.

On Surface tablets, Steve Ballmer said he hopes to sell a few millions from the 375 Million PCs expected to sold in the coming year. My expectations for the event were Windows 8 PCs and maybe some Windows Phone 8 devices, hopefully we see some.

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