Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky announces Windows 8 will be released… (Microsoft )
Windows 8 will launch Oct. 26, Microsoft announced Wednesday afternoon.
The upcoming operating system will indeed meet the October launch date many observers had been expecting for quite some time.
"Mark your calendar: Windows 8 will be available on October 26th, 2012," the company's @Windows account tweeted.
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Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows, announced the news at the company's annual sales meeting. Earlier this month, the company had confirmed Windows 8 would launch in October but it had yet to give a solid date.
Windows 8 will work with touch-screen devices, mice, keyboard and styluses too.
The company has also said the Microsoft Surface table that was announced last month is supposed to launch in conjunction with Windows 8, but Microsoft did not mention it in a blog posted Wednesday.
The company has also said Windows Phone 8 will launch some time this fall, so on or around Oct. 26 is looking like a likely launch time for the mobile operating system.
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