The world’s largest software maker has submitted its annual Form 10-K to government on July 26, 2012. On the paperwork, Microsoft stated that the company will release Surface tablet computer version 1.0 on Friday, October 26, 2012. This is in conjunction with the launch of Windows 8 operating system that was announced by Windows division President Steven Sinofsky on July 18 (Wednesday). Sinofsky made the announcement at Microsoft annual sales meeting.
During the past few days, several tech watchers have been speculated that Microsoft and its partners who manufacture the Surfaces have been facing difficulties to obtain some raw materials to produce components for the new tablet computer. While Microsoft's competitors including Apple and Google are working hard to release several new models of tablet computer in the past one month. Apple is planning to release a new mini iPad tablet computer in October this year.
When Microsoft introduced the Surface at a special event in Los Angeles on June 18, the company’s executives have mentioned that the first release of the Surface will be the low end models using ARM processor and running on Windows RT operating system. High-end models running on Windows 8 Pro operating system and using Intel microprocessor will be available in early 2013 (about three months after the Surface’s initial release on October 26, 2012).
(Image: Surface tablet computer)