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Windows 8 to be released in October

Microsoft has outlined its release schedule for the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.

According to Redmond Channel Partner Magazine, the operating system will be released to manufacturing (RTM) in the first week of August, with a launch date scheduled for October.

Microsoft CFO and VP Tami Reller announced the dates this morning at this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.

“Windows 8 is simply the biggest deal from our company in 17 years,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in the pre-amble to the announcement.

Update: Apparently, enterprise customers who utilise volume licensing will be able to acquire the new OS from August.

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