Invites to the ball have arrived. The 25 October will be a busy day for Microsoft watchers (as will the 26th, when launched products, including Surface RT devices, go on sale commercially).
Windows 8 approaches.
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Drip, drip, drip.
The Redmondians are continuing to torture us Microsoft watchers with a slow flow of information about the company's bet-its-business launch.
We already knew Microsoft planned to launch Windows 8 and its ARM-based Surface RT devices in New York City on 25 October, thanks to a save-the-date invitation we got a while back. We knew those products would become available commercially the following day, and we found out this week that Microsoft would be opening 30-plus pop-up stores in the US and Canada on 26 October as well.
As of 4 October, we now know that the launch is going to be a lengthy affair — five hours, all up.
Here's what we just got in our inbox:
Will there also be, as some are reporting, some kind of "midnight madness" event in New York to coincide with its products, Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs, tablets — and Microsoft's own Surface RTs — going on sale as of 26 October? No word on that yet (I asked). But I'd be surprised if there wasn't. Microsoft officials have said that its Surface devices will be sold only through its own brick-and-mortar stores, as well as "select" Microsoft online stores. Those without a Microsoft store nearby will only be able to purchase online, unless Microsoft modifies its previously stated plan.
Microsoft still has not released pricing or a full and complete spec list for its Surface RT tablets/PCs. Nor has it made them available for pre-order yet. The Intel-based Surface Pro versions are not due out until three months (give or take) after the Windows RT launch.