Windows 8 computers to go on sale in October – Business – The Olympian – Olympia, Washington news, weather and sports

July 16, 2012 by  
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Microsoft Corp. announced the time frame for Windows 8’s mass-market release Monday in Toronto. a specific sales date in October wasn’t provided.

Most industry analysts expected Windows 8 would go on sale in the fall to ensure that the machines running on the operating system would be available for the holiday shopping season. Consumers and businesses who don’t want to buy new computers will be able to buy Windows 8 and upgrade their systems.

New versions of Windows typically come out every three years, but this update is the most widely anticipated overhaul of the software since 1995.

Applications will appear in a mosaic of tiles on Windows 8. Microsoft also designed the operating system so it can run on personal computers or touch-based tablet computers.

Microsoft, which is based in Redmond, plans to make its own tablet running Windows 8 to compete against Apple Inc.’s hot-selling iPad. The company hasn’t yet announced a price for its tablet, which will be called the Surface.

It also will be competing against a variety of other tablets, including the Kindle fire from Amazon.com Inc. and the Nexus 7, which is being released later this month by Google Inc.

As part of its efforts to develop more touch-based software, Microsoft also announced the acquisition of Perceptive Pixel Inc.

The deal gives Microsoft access to technology used in large multi-touch displays for TV broadcasters, as well as government, defense, engineering and educational markets, Microsoft said. Terms of the Perceptive Pixel purchase weren’t disclosed.

Windows 8 is being counted on to help revive demand for laptops and other personal computers.

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