Microsoft revealed the launch date for Windows 8 operating system, announcing that the software will be released to the public on the 26th of October.
The OS includes a touch-controlled interface dubbed Metro as well as a traditional desktop.
Windows 8 is designed to work on both PC's and tablet computers. The OS is competing with devices running Google's Android operating system and Apple's iPad.
Since announcing the news chief executive Steve Ballmer has describing Surface as "a design point" that would have a place within a "broad Windows ecosystem"
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October 26 will see a handful new PCs and laptops set with Windows 8 OS pre-installed.