Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system will be available to consumers from late October as the software giant looks to update its platform for a variety of devices, the company announced Monday at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.
Communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said the company confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to release to manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August and will reach general availability by the end of October.
Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.
The latest version of the operating system that is the norm for personal computers will also be used on many smartphones and tablet computers, including Microsoft’s own Surface tablet to be launched this year.
Windows 8 allows users readily to store and share personal data among various devices under the “SkyDrive” cloud computing service. Rivals Apple and Google offer such services.
The new Microsoft system will support a wider range of devices, including touch- and stylus-based smartphones and tablet PCs as well as desktop and laptop machines.