Release date set for Microsoft Surface
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Release date set for Microsoft Surface

According to reports, Microsoft solutions are set to expand in the fall, as the company will be unveiling its first tablet. The much-anticipated Microsoft Surface tablet will hit shelves on October 26, a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed, alongside mass market distribution of the new Windows 8 platform.

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

However, NBC News reported, despite the language in the filing, Microsoft remains vague about the official release date. Representatives of the company told the news source that Microsoft leaders announced at an event last month that the tablets will be released somewhere near to the time of the Windows 8 debut. This debut should vastly impact the business community, as workers will be able to wirelessly access company files while on the go.

According to Business Insider, there will be two major Surface releases, one that runs on Windows RT, the other on Windows 8 Pro. The news source speculated that the RT model will be priced around the same as the iPad, while the other will most likely be more expensive. Both models will boast a 10.6-inch screen and high definition display, the source detailed.