Windows 8 Gets Official for October Release, Surface to Sell a "Few Million"
July 10, 2012 3:35 PM
Microsoft keeps expectations for its first party tablet modest amid market hype
Worldwide Partner Conference
in Canada, a Microsoft Corp. (
) executive offered official confirmation of an August Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 8, followed by an October release.
The details were confirmed by Windows Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller. They fall roughly in line with past statements by Microsoft, but were more explicit, committing to precise months.
Leaked builds have shown that one of the big changes in the RTM build will be the
elimination of the Aero glass UI
, in favor of a
desktop theme. The desktop Metro UI theme in leaked builds looks somewhat similar to the familiar Windows desktop, but emphasizes harder windows edges and pastel colors.
At the conference CEO Steve Ballmer also is
All Things Digital
's Mary Jo Foley as stating, "We may sell a few million of the
375 million PCs
we expect to sell in next year with Surface."
Microsoft has high hopes for its first-party
10.6-inch Surface tablet
. However, much like Apple, Inc.'s (
) 2010 iPad launch, its initial production run is constrained by its bleeding-edge hardware and manufacturing processes. The Microsoft tablet is built with a unique scratch resistant magnesium body, an industry first.
The Microsoft Surface
Apple's iPad sold "only" 15 million units in 2010, but went on to sell 40 million units in 2011 [
]. While Microsoft's objectives with the Surface are quite modest, it surely hopes to follow a similar path in its second year on the market.
acquired Perceptive Pixel
, a company specializing in large-scale multi-touch hardware and is looking to launch new devices with large multi-touch displays.
Mary Jo Foley
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