SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has announced that it will release its Surface tablet on 26 October, probably not coincidentally the same day that it releases Windows 8.
While it was widely expected that the Surface tablet would come out at the same time as Windows 8, Microsoft's annual report, filed last week, confirms the tablet's release date.
It says, "The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices."
Of course, this 26 October release date refers to the Windows RT tablet only, with Microsoft expected to release the Intel-based Surface Pro tablet around three months later.
Microsoft's annual report also gives us some clues as to how much the Surface tablets will cost, saying, "Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC."
That suggests the Surface RT will retail for around the £500 mark, despite rumours that the tablet might fetch as much as £1,000. In terms of specifications, that'll buy you a 10.6in 1280x720 touchscreen, an Nvidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor, up to 64GB storage and Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. µ