Microsoft says the company will launch Windows 8 on Oct. 25 in New York City. Special invites were sent out to celebrate the arrival of the new operating system.
The technology giant had previously announced Windows 8 would be available to consumers on Oct. 26, so while the release of Windows 8 on Oct. 25 was not exactly news, the big launch occurring in NYC is the latest announcement.
The invites to the press for the Oct. 25 event went out today, according to several media sources.
Reportedly, few details were shared in the invitation, not even the location or time. Microsoft told CNET in an emailed statement, there is "nothing more to share at this time."
Ubergizmo reported the invitation said, "You're invited to celebrate. Windows 8. Please save the date: Thursday, October 25 New York City."
It is also anticipated Microsoft will showcase their Windows 8 tablets and PCs at the event, along with its hardware partners.
Technology is moving at a rapid pace, and for some time now it has been widely speculated that PCs will eventually fade out as mobile devices dominate the consumer market; a market Microsoft would like to tap into. Is Windows 8 the beginning of the end for input devices, such as the computer mouse and keyboard as technology transitions to touch? And possibly beyond.
"I think that Windows 8 is kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space. I think that we’re going to lose some of the top-tier PC [original equipment manufacturers]. They’ll exit the market. I think margins are going to be destroyed for a bunch of people," Gabe Newell, chief executive and co-founder of Valve, told Venture Beat.
"If that’s true, it’s going to be a good idea to have alternatives to hedge against that eventuality. But when you start thinking about a platform, you have to address it. You have to address mobile. You have to look at what’s going to happen post-tablet. If you look at the mouse and keyboard, it was stable for about 25 years. I think touch will be stable for about 10 years. I think post-touch, and we’ll be stable for a really long time — for another 25 years. I think touch will be this intermediate….," Newell said.
At this time there are no indicators of how much the new OS will cost once the initial promotional period is over.
Earlier this week, Digital Journal reported Microsoft had given away Windows 8 PC, smartphone, and its soon to be released surface tablet to employees.