Windows 8 due out in October

Windows 8 due out in October

By Lauren Wainwright

July 11th 2012 at 12:28AM

New Microsoft OS slated for late-2012 release

Speaking at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference, the computing giant announced that the final consumer version of its latest operating system will launch October alongside the first run of its next-generation tablets and phones. 

Microsoft also announced that users who purchase Windows 7 PCs from today would be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro following its release for just $14.99.

Manufacturers are set to start putting the operating system into their new desktops, laptops and tablets from the start of August.

Microsoft also announced that it has sold 630 millions Windows 7 licences and will offer discounts to drive users to upgrade.