Windows 8 in SA launch uncertainty

Microsoft announced that computers running Windows 8 will go on sale in October 2012, in time for the festive season. However, South African consumers are still in the dark as to when they will see Windows 8 products.

Windows Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer Tami Reller said this week that Windows 8 is on track to “Release to Manufacturing (RTM)” in the first week of August.

“For enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits, they will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August,” said Reller.

“RTM is when we’ll be turning on the commerce platform so that developers can start earning money for their apps – we’ll have more to share soon.”

Reller went on to say that Windows 8 will reach general availability by the end of October. “This means that new Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs will be available to buy and upgrades will be available starting in October,””said Reller.

Reller added that Windows 8 will be available in 109 languages across 231 markets worldwide.

Windows 8 screenshot start screen
Windows 8 screenshot - start screen

It is expected that South Africans will also be included in the October launch date, but Microsoft South Africa could not give any details about Windows 8 in the local market.

“Unfortunately, we are still not in a position to comment locally [on the Windows 8 launch in South Africa and whether South Africans will be able to buy Windows 8 computers in October],” Microsoft SA said in response to questions about Windows 8.

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