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Windows 8 Official Release Date: October 26

According to a Windows Team blog post made Wednesday, the official release date for Windows 8 will be October 26, 2012.

Microsoft had previously announced that Windows 8's general availability (GA) launch date would be October.

According to the blog post, Microsoft's President of the Windows and Windows Live Division Steven Sinofsky made the announcement today at a Microsoft sales conference. "Customers will be able to get Windows 8 – whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC – starting on October 26."

Last week Microsoft announced that upgrades to Windows 8 will cost $40.

For more recent news and coverage of Windows 8, go here.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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