We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Microsoft Surface gets 26 October release date

Surface will launch along with Microsoft Windows 8

Microsoft has announced that its own-brand Surface tablet will be release on 26 October along with its Windows 8 operating system. See also Windows 8 release date and features UK.

As expected the Windows 8 tablet will go on sale along with Microsoft's revamped cross-platform operating system. It is the ARM-based Surface RT which will go on sale in October with the Surface Pro due around 90 days later, so early in 2013. See also: Microsoft Surface RT vs Apple iPad comparison review.

Microsoft Surface tablet

"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 said in its annual report, according to CNET.

More details: Microsoft surface specs, pictures, video.

So we have a date for the Surface RT but unfortunately Microsoft hasn't revealed any pricing for the tablet or the Pro version.

"Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC," said Microsoft.

Follow Chris Martin and @PCAdvisor on Twitter.

IDG UK Sites

What is Google Photos? How to back up and share all of your photos for free

IDG UK Sites

Why I think the Apple Watch sucks and you'd be mad to buy it

IDG UK Sites

Swatch launches a colourful smartwatch

IDG UK Sites

New Apple TV 2015 release date rumours: TV streaming service delayed, hand gesture interface being...