Microsoft To Launch Windows 8 Software Worldwide In October

NEW YORK, July 9 (Kyodo) — Microsoft Corp. said Monday it will launch its Windows 8 operating software in October for personal computers and tablet devices.

The next-generation operating platform will be available in about 230 countries and regions, including Japan, in time for the year-end shopping season, according to the U.S. technology giant.

The new software can run not just on personal computers but also on tablet devices. Succeeding the current Window 7 software introduced in 2009, Windows 8 has a brand new look and will be controlled via square icons dubbed "tiles," according to the company.

Manufacturers from countries and areas including Japan and Taiwan are expected to simultaneously launch personal and tablet computers with the software. Microsoft also plans to release its own "Surface" tablet computer.

Microsoft unveiled basic information on Windows 8 last September before distributing a test version from February. Its final test version has been disclosed since the end of May.

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