Microsoft Surface tablet to launch with Windows 8 on Oct 26

It's been a few weeks since the Los Angeles event at which Microsoft finally dropped its veil of secrecy, and announced its new Surface tablet hardware to a rather surprised world. There remains much that we don't yet know about the Surface tablets - the assembled media were given very little time to see the hardware, and no time at all with fully working units - and the biggest questions of all (those of when Surface will arrive, and how much it will cost) have been met with a wall of silence.

But Microsoft expert and journalist Paul Thurrott has uncovered confirmation that the company plans to make the first Surface devices available to consumers on the same day that Windows 8 launches: October 26 this year. On the Supersite for Windows, Paul highlighted the relevant text in a US SEC filing by Microsoft, which reads:

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."

As Paul himself points out, this implies that only the Surface Windows RT tablet (based on ARM architecture) will be made available on that date. At the Surface launch event, Microsoft confirmed that the Windows RT version would ship in 32GB and 64GB flavours, but the Intel-based Surface Pro tablets - with full Windows 8 rather than RT, and either 64GB or 128GB of storage - would be made available 90 days later, indicating a launch in late January 2013 for these Pro devices.


Source: Supersite for Windows | Image via Microsoft

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Fail. Microsoft dominates the Desktop because consumers have no choice about what's on their PC. As far as tablets, phones etc, they have a choice and have shown time and again not to choose Microsoft.

Mike Frett said,
Fail. Microsoft dominates the Desktop because consumers have no choice about what's on their PC. As far as tablets, phones etc, they have a choice and have shown time and again not to choose Microsoft.

Dell used to sell Linux computers, but there was no market for it and stopped. Just a couple weeks ago they announced that they were going to try again, so if you want to see Linux computers stay available from Dell and show their competitors that there is a market for them, then perhaps just crying over it, vote with your wallet. A while ago many of the netbook manufacturers shipped Linux based netbooks, but they sold few and many that were sold we're returned, not because of Microsoft, but because Linux just didn't provide users with what they wanted.

Before it was claimed there was no choice, and it was Microsoft's fault. Now it is the fault of the computer manufactures, not giving users a choice. People have the Mac option, and they sell in the single digit percentages. Linux computers were available, but nobody bought them. Maybe it is not Microsoft's fault, but the competitors failure - such as the Linux developers - to provide users what they want.

Mike Frett said,
Fail. Microsoft dominates the Desktop because consumers have no choice about what's on their PC. As far as tablets, phones etc, they have a choice and have shown time and again not to choose Microsoft.

I've only purchased MS tablets from 2005 onward.
I don't know how you draw your conclusions.

A340600 said,
I like how the keyboard cover also works as a stand for Surface.

Which is weird considering Surface tablets have built in kickstands as well.

deadonthefloor said,

Which is weird considering Surface tablets have built in kickstands as well.

That's right! I forgot. Also, Surface has covers with built in keyboards in them.

I must say it's s a little sad when microsoft designs their next big OS to be fully optimized for mobile devices but merely compatible with desktops.

superconductive said,
I must say it's s a little sad when microsoft designs their next big OS to be fully optimized for mobile devices but merely compatible with desktops.

It should be more than obvious by now that mobile devices is were the computing market is heading, traditional big box "desktops" are on the decline. Case in point, for quite some time now laptops have been outselling desktops. This shift isn't anything new, it just seems people have now noticed because of tablets and the iPad making so much noise.

superconductive said,
I must say it's s a little sad when microsoft designs their next big OS to be fully optimized for mobile devices but merely compatible with desktops.

They should have bring metro experience to windows explorer to make windows 8 a complete OS...the desktop OS is probably screw up badly by windows 8.

superconductive said,
I must say it's s a little sad when microsoft designs their next big OS to be fully optimized for mobile devices but merely compatible with desktops.

Truthfully, the innovation in desktop OS has become become slower compared to previous years...even Apple, hasnt added any significant and innovative features in OS X Lion/Mountain Lion...instead they brought features from iOS to OSX

Eins.MY said,

Truthfully, the innovation in desktop OS has become become slower compared to previous years...even Apple, hasnt added any significant and innovative features in OS X Lion/Mountain Lion...instead they brought features from iOS to OSX

Apple hasn't added any significant features to OS X in years.

I'm still confuse what's not compatible with Desktop? the start menu? actually I find the new menu, once you get used to it, quite more handy then the old start menu. Finding, running and pinning the most used programs which I am sure they don't go past 15 for even power users is quite easy.

Edit: Been using windows 8 on the desktop for about 2-3 weeks and I gotta say that I love it. Most of the time i spend my time on the desktop but there's quite a few times where Metro is awesome. They say that developers will be hurt, but to the contrary they will benefit from the Metro interface should they market it propertly, heck, games will benefit 10 fold from it.

nickcruz said,
I'm still confuse what's not compatible with Desktop? the start menu? actually I find the new menu, once you get used to it, quite more handy then the old start menu. Finding, running and pinning the most used programs which I am sure they don't go past 15 for even power users is quite easy.

Edit: Been using windows 8 on the desktop for about 2-3 weeks and I gotta say that I love it. Most of the time i spend my time on the desktop but there's quite a few times where Metro is awesome. They say that developers will be hurt, but to the contrary they will benefit from the Metro interface should they market it propertly, heck, games will benefit 10 fold from it.

Metro is essentially a mobile interface that is designed for touch, I don't think anyone can deny that. Based on this, one can think of the desktop version as a "port" of this allowing a mouse to be used.

calimike said,
lower price $399

I think the base RT model could come in at $399 and then they'll charge you extra for one of the two covers, dunno how much those will go for though.

im looking forward to the pro version, im hoping it will be sold outside of the microsoft store (for countries outside of the US)

dafin0 said,
im looking forward to the pro version, im hoping it will be sold outside of the microsoft store (for countries outside of the US)

I'm thinking it will be, the same way phones tend to.

dafin0 said,
im looking forward to the pro version, im hoping it will be sold outside of the microsoft store (for countries outside of the US)

Yeah same but you can always order online if your indeed comfortable doing that.

ingramator said,

Yeah same but you can always order online if your indeed comfortable doing that.

Order online from MS store you mean? That works if they do open it up to outside the US that way or not. If they do that's how I'll try to get one probably.

dafin0 said,
im looking forward to the pro version, im hoping it will be sold outside of the microsoft store (for countries outside of the US)

Same here. In fact, I'm thinking I want to buy the Surface at a brick and mortar place, rather than online, since moving. I don't know if I feel comfortable having that sit on the porch all day while I am at work.

dafin0 said,
im looking forward to the pro version, im hoping it will be sold outside of the microsoft store (for countries outside of the US)

Me too. It is really a shame they are not having it available at Christmas, as I'll be in Toronto and could pass by their Store.

Dot Matrix said,

Same here. In fact, I'm thinking I want to buy the Surface at a brick and mortar place, rather than online, since moving. I don't know if I feel comfortable having that sit on the porch all day while I am at work.

Why would it sit on your porch all day? Don't couriers require signatures where you live?

TCLN Ryster said,

Why would it sit on your porch all day? Don't couriers require signatures where you live?


Depends on the courier. I've had both scenarios.
Doesn't matter, the courier company has the liability if it's stolen off your porch.

deadonthefloor said,

Depends on the courier. I've had both scenarios.
Doesn't matter, the courier company has the liability if it's stolen off your porch.

Yeah. Not to mention, the local courier seems to love throwing the boxes. I've seen him do it almost three times to neighbor's packages. It's a shame UPS doesn't have a number written on the vehicle to call about the driver. None that I've seen anyway.

Dot Matrix said,

Yeah. Not to mention, the local courier seems to love throwing the boxes. I've seen him do it almost three times to neighbor's packages. It's a shame UPS doesn't have a number written on the vehicle to call about the driver. None that I've seen anyway.

Surely these trucks have license plates?

Shikaka said,
Meh i didn't think the Pro versions would be released next year, i thought in time for Christmas at least

They said 3 months later right, so January. A bit after Christmas isn't that bad really.

Shikaka said,
Meh i didn't think the Pro versions would be released next year, i thought in time for Christmas at least
Wouldn't be surprised if they try to bring the release of the Pro a month forward so they can get in on the Christmas rush. I mean, they'll have made the 90 days statement before they figured out when Windows 8 would be released (and before they realized that 90 days would be missing the Christmas period).

GP007 said,

They said 3 months later right, so January. A bit after Christmas isn't that bad really.

It is if you wanted to give them as Christmas gifts.

majortom1981 said,
Has microsoft stated if they are doing preorders or not?

No they haven't, but we'll find out in September I bet.