Microsoft Surface tablet release date confirmed in SEC filing

Surface tablets will be available in the US from October 26, the same time as Windows 8, a filing has shown
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Microsoft has officially confirmed that it will release its upcoming Surface tablet to coincide with Windows 8 US availability on October 26.

The company revealed the date in a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing on Thursday.

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Microsoft has confirmed the release date of its Surface tablet. Image credit: CNET News

"The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012," Microsoft said. "At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices."

The Surface tablet was announced in June, but no release date or specs were given at the time. Microsoft has not confirmed at the time of writing if the 26 October release date covers the US only, or if it will extend to other markets.

While the Surface tablet release was largely expected to coincide with Windows 8 availability, this is thought to be the first time the date has been publicly confirmed by Microsoft.

The Surface, which shares its name with Microsoft's range of table-top touchscreen devices, could bring Microsoft into competition with its own OEM partners, the filing added.

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