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Windows 8 expected to be released in late October

It can be hard to keep up with technology sometimes. Just when you thought you had your head around the latest application, gadget, social media strategy or software suite, the next one is nearly out for release.

You may not want to get too comfortable with your current browser platform, because the much anticipated Windows 8 is expected to be made generally available by late October 2012, according to Microsoft.

This news was allegedly revealed by Tami Reller, the corporate vice president of Windows, at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) which kick started in Toronto yesterday (July 9).

Speaking at the event, chief executive Steve Ballmer told audiences that the next product release from Microsoft is set to be the largest yet.

"This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company's history, creating massive opportunities for our partners to grow their businesses," Mr Ballmer said.

He then went on to boast about his company's large array of new products that will be introduced to the public.

"With Windows – Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure – and Office 365, there's never been a better time to be a Microsoft partner. The opportunities for us to do amazing things for our joint customers have never been greater," he asserted.

President of the Microsoft Office Division Kurt DelBene also spoke at the WPC. He was proud to share that approximately one billion people in the world now use Office, and that on average someone buys a copy of Office 2010 every second.

In other news, the software giant has been busy signing patent agreements with some of its partners.

Microsoft now has deals with both the Coby Electronics Corporation and Aluratek – these were also announced yesterday.

In addition, the company is moving closer to the likes of Facebook and Yahoo! – or literally, anyway. Microsoft has just opened a brand new office in Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale, California.

Posted by Jess O'Connor