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Microsoft: Windows 8 Hitting General Availability Oct. 26

The official release date for Windows 8 will be Oct. 26, 2012, according to a Windows Team blog post on Wednesday.

At last week's Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft said Windows 8's general availability (GA) date would be in October.

According to the blog post, Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft's president of the Windows and Windows Live Division, made the announcement Wednesday at a Microsoft sales conference. "Customers will be able to get Windows 8 -- whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC -- starting on October 26," it said.

Microsoft previously said that most upgrades to Windows 8 will cost $40, with upgrades from new Windows 7 machines costing as $15.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital projects at the company, including launching and running the group's popular virtual summit and Coffee talk series . She an experienced tech journalist (20 years), and before her current position, was the editorial director of the group's sites. A few years ago she gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web browser technology would impact online advertising for publishers. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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