Just as Windows 7 and Windows XP was launched in October, so will be the case for Windows 8. This was confirmed by Steven Sinofsky during a Microsoft sales meeting late Tuesday evening, and the launch date is set for October 26. The launch date is valid for both for upgrades and totally clean installations.

Already in August, the Windows 8 RTM (release to manufacturing) will become available to manufacturers and developers, mainly via TechNet and MSDN.

Even the RTM version of Windows Server 2012 is expected to be released in August, followed by a launch as early as September.

For tablets, Windows 8 wil be available in two versions, one for the Intel-based models and one for the Arm-based models.