Microsoft: Save the date, October 25th

Microsoft is sending out invites to members of the press for the launch of its Windows 8 operating system. The event will take place in New York City on October 25. Microsoft previously announced that Windows 8 and its Surface tablet would launch on October 26th, so Microsoft could be planning a midnight launch of the product.

The Surface tablet will come in two flavors, one powered by an Intel 22nm Ivy Bridge running Windows 8 and another powered by an ARM chipset and running Windows 8 RT. Both versions will have a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display.

Microsoft started development on Windows 8 back in 2009. Windows 8 features a complete change in the operating system's GUI and platform, with a new design language, start screen, app store, and an emphasis on touchscreen input.

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