Microsoft has revealed that the Surface Tablet is coming to the public on the same date as Windows 8.
Microsoft Surface Tablet On Schedule For October 26
A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed the following statement from Microsoft —
“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 had already mentioned earlier that the Surface would be available at the same time as the Window 8 but it is certainly nice to see an firm official date attached to the devices. However, those of you who are waiting for the Intel-based Surface tablets will have to wait a bit longer. These Surface tablets are going to be Windows RT tablets running on ARM. The Intel ones are going to be coming in about 3 months later (90 days officially).
Since this was a financial filing, Microsoft has also inserted a lot of disclaimers that talks about the various factors that the company will be dependent on for the success of the Windows 8 endeavor. They talk about the marketing costs that will be incurred and how it will reduce their operating margins for the time being. As a publicly traded company, it is answerable to its investors and hence we are privy to these insights in to the company’s inner workings. At least as far as overt financial situations are concerned.
The financial market would be keeping a strict eye on Microsoft for sure but the most obvious loss for the company would be if Windows 8 fails to do at least reasonably well at the market. It will cast a large shadow of doubt over Microsoft and its ability to fend off the iPad and Android invasions.
Surface as you already know will be coming in two forms — ARM based ones running on Windows 8 RT and Intel “Ivy Bridge’ based ones running on the full Windows 8.