Microsoft have confirmed that their much-anticipated Surface tablets will be landing on October 26th, alongside the release of their next-generation Windows 8 operating system.
“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,” Microsoft revealed in an annual report filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Microsoft had suggested that their first major hardware release would be released at the same time as the new OS, but this is the first time they’ve officially confirmed reports.
Running Windows 8 and paired with a slick keyboard case, the Surface tablet has annoyed some of Microsoft’s OEM partners, who feel Microsoft are now competing in their field and holding back details of their plans.
Likewise, despite a positive response to the launch of the tablet, recent pricing rumours which suggest a high cost for the Surface has dealt a blow to its retail prospects. One Swedish retailer suggested even entry level models could cost as much as $1,000 or £650.