Microsoft’s Surface Tablet Will Launch alongside Windows 8 on October 25

Microsoft unveiled its plans to launch its new Surface tablet on October 25, as the company seeks to build momentum before entering the tablet market.

Judging by the invitations Microsoft sent out on Thursday, the company will unveil its highly anticipated tablet Surface at midnight on October 26. Photo: Microsoft corp.

Microsoft’s new dual operating system, Windows 8, will also be launched at the same event, as The Telegraph reports.

It is rumored that both products will be available at a series of pop-up stores in the US, which will be opened specifically for the launch on the morning of October 26.

Meanwhile, other sources suggest that it will be two separate events, with the second one is believed to unveil Windows Phone 8, the new mobile operating system for smartphones.

Microsoft’s first own tablet will run the new Windows 8 operating system, which the software giant believes will successfully compete with adversaries such as Google and Apple in the rapidly growing tablet market, and allow users to replace their iPads and Windows 7 laptops with Windows 8 tablets.

The new version of Windows is said to be the system’s biggest revolution in nearly 20 years. The dual operating system will consist of a mode that looks similar to its predecessor Windows 7, and a tablet operating system which sits alongside it.

The tablet interface, known as ‘Metro’ is already available on Windows phone, and has already received positive reviews from its users.

This time the company has been more mum than usual about its new operating systems. Even as the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 release dates near, Microsoft is tweaking its operating systems.

In a blog post released on Thursday, the software giant revealed several new additions and updates to Windows 8 concerning built-in apps.

Mail, messaging, photos, maps, news, travel, weather and the all-important cloud storage system Skydrive will be getting new features and better performance after the updates, reports International Digital Times.

“We’re super excited to be approaching general availability (GA) of Windows 8 and Windows RT. With thousands of new apps in the Store, there are a lot to choose from and tens of thousands of developers have been very busy around the world creating new apps,” the blog post reads.

“Across Microsoft we’ve been busy since August adding new features and improving the apps that come with Windows and will be updating these apps before GA.”

“We’ll introduce new features, improve performance, and increase reliability. This post is authored by Gabriel Aul on our program management team and details some of the updates you will see starting in the next day or so as the updates enter the Store.”

The price of the hybrid tablet has yet to be confirmed, but earlier this year Microsoft claimed the tablets would cost a “competitive” amount.

This year has already seen the releases of some excellent tablets, from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to the Google Nexus 7. All of them, including iPad Mini which is rumored to be soon unveiled, could seriously scupper Microsoft’s plans.

Bearing that in mind, a midnight launch, set on this month, could be quite a risky strategy. Although we’ve no doubt Microsoft are aiming to build up some inertia for the Windows Phone 8 launch on October 29, a mere four days later.

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