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The launch of the Windows 8 operating system from Microsoft, along with all the associated devices, has always been at the back of the mind of the tech enthusiast. In the height of a summer which has seen the release of many fantastic products, October 26th has always seemed like such a long way away, but halfway through the first week of this monumentally-significant month for the software maker and tech as a whole, everything has started to become just that little bit more real.

If you’ve been anticipating the 26th of this month for a long time, we’ve not one, but two relevant nuggets of information to share with you. Not only has the Redmond-based outfit released invites to an event "to celebrate Windows 8" on October 25th, but the eagerly-awaited Microsoft Surface tablet is now up on the company’s sites in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, and Italy, among many others. While details regarding price and availability are (still) at a premium even at this relatively-late stage, seeing it up and running, and ready to retail will be encouraging for those well and truly sold by the launch of the hybrid earlier this year.

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One has to wonder, as a side-note, whether Microsoft’s lack of any crucial information could come back to bite it at a later date. By leaving the price to the imagination, consumers may have been inexplicably tricked – having seen the many cheap tablet launches recently – into thinking the Surface will also be cheap. Given the hardware and features, I’d expect even the RT edition to arrive at the $299 mark – considerably higher than the quad-core Nexus 7.

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The event will be held at Pier 57 in Manhattan, and with five hours in total running the keynote through from 10 AM to 3 PM, there’ll be ample time for much of the obscured info and details to be revealed by Steve Ballmer et al. It will certainly be a big parade on October 25th, and no matter what Microsoft may have up its sleeve, we will undoubtedly have each and every moment, every product, covered in grave detail here at Redmond Pie, so ensure you stay tuned in to our coverage!

(via WPCentral)

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