Microsoft News: Windows 8 Event and Hints on Surface Pricing

by windowsiso on September 17, 2012

The Windows 8 launch is close approaching. Image: Microsoft

Microsoft sent out invitations on Monday for a Windows 8 launch event to take place Oct. 25 in New York City. The invite simply states, “You’re invited to celebrate. Windows 8.”

The Redmond company didn’t include many details — there’s no venue location, time or discussion plans. But Microsoft had previously announced that Windows 8 will officially ship on Oct. 26, so this event is more than likely a coming-out party for the new operating system.

Since Microsoft has also confirmed that Surface will be available the same day as Windows 8, you can expect the company to spend time detailing its tablet at the event. One unknown spec that Microsoft will likely confirm is Surface pricing.

Some reports have suggested that Surface will cost only $200, making it competitive with smaller, 7-inch tablets like the Google Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD. But in a recent interview with The Seattle Times, Ballmer hinted at a more mid- to high-range price, possibly in line with iPad pricing. “I think most people would tell you that the iPad is not a superexpensive device…. (When) people offer cheaper, they do less. They look less good, they’re chintzier, they’re cheaper,” Balmer said, adding, ”If you look at the bulk of the PC market, it would run between, say, probably $300 to about $700 or $800. That’s the sweet spot.”

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