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Microsoft Surface tablet to launch 26 October with Windows 8

Microsoft's own-branded Surface tablet will launch on 26 October, the same day as Windows 8.

Microsoft's own-branded Surface tablet will launch on 26 October, the same day as Windows 8.

 
The date was revealed in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where Microsoft said it would launch “a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices” to accompany the launch of Windows 8.
 
The first of these will be the Windows RT version of the Surface tablet, but there are no details yet on other Surface devices that might launch at the same time or soon after. The wording of the filing suggests that Microsoft has a slew of products up its sleeve, and a recent report by Intel suggested that there are 20 Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets on the way. Microsoft plans to release a version of the Surface tablet with an Intel processor, so this is likely one of the “series” the document refers to.
 
 
The filing also revealed the requirements Microsoft needs to meet for Windows 8 to be deemed a success:
 
“In fall 2012, we are launching Windows 8, a major new release of our PC operating system that seeks to deliver a unique user experience through well-integrated software, hardware, and services. 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.”
 
The company also expects to eat into its operating profits by paying “substantial marketing costs” in order to make the Windows 8 launch as successful as possible.
 

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