Microsoft revealed in its filing with the Security and Exchange Commission that come October 26 it will launch both Windows 8 operating system for consumers and the Surface tablet which was announced a month and half ago. Apple, of course, is expected to unveil a rumored cheaper, smaller iPad at a media event this fall (iLounge says in November) and launch a fourth-generation iPad some time during the first quarter of next year…

According to Microsoft’s 10-K filing with the Security and Exchange Commission (via AllThingsD):

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 Surface is designed to compete with the iPad on the high-end. No price point was known at press time apart from Microsoft’s previously stated ‘comparable-to-notebooks’ hint, which some think could mean around a thousand dollar mark for the more powerful Intel-powered model.

Microsoft should be especially concerned over new data suggesting that iPad is widening its lead in enterprise over Android tablets. Redmond also has OEMs to worry about.

Acer CEO recently hinted as much, saying the Surface is just a ploy to drive Windows 8 adoption. Microsoft’s own SEC filing reveals that the company is competing with PC makers now:

Our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform”. If Windows 8 doesn’t become popular enough, that could “make it more difficult to attract applications developers to our platforms,” Microsoft also warned.

From Amazon, half a dozen smaller Kindle Fire tablets are coming ahead of the holiday season to claim the low-end, including a new ten-inch model that will take the iPad head on.

Are you still excited about the Surface now that Google’s Nexus 7 is making waves?

  • Impeach Obama

    i want one

    • Move along troll isn’t there a Glenn beck hitler youth rally your missing?

  • JerseyD

    The surface does look great but I never want to buy the first generation of any device.

    • Yeah but it builds anticipation and most peoples curiosity gets the better of them

  • jose castro

    my speculations is this will not make a dent in the market. but i do like it

  • I’m defenitely excited but geez why are they avoiding stating the price of the unit or at least the general ball park.

  • notewar

    this or the iphone 5?

  • seyss

    Be sure to buy 2 so when one fails you can pick up another 🙂

  • babiloe

    Just tried the windows 8 is on the desktop, fell no match.
    I think the metro is designed for tablet.
    And yes, it will be true opponent for the iPad with the Surface.
    Surely beaten Android.

    Hopefully comes too in 3G CDMA RUIM

    • Ronald Weaver

      What is CDMA RUIM?

      • babiloe

        CDMA Ruim is the ‘simcard’ for CDMA instead of the inject. Usually the US provider like Sprint and Verizon do inject. At the world, CDMA also has card like GSM, so we can change the CDMA provider to the other CDMA provider just snap like the GSM can do,

        2012/7/31 Disqus

      • Ronald Weaver

        Oh ok thanks for the explanation : )

  • Ronald Weaver

    I wonder if the surface sales will suffer due to the release of the new Iphone release. It would seem to be a better move for them to try to release it before the iphone or long after. I know they are completely different products. i just feel like it might be willing to buy one, but my money will be more aimed at what the new iphone.

  • Great news here, I am definitely excited and i must say that This tablet will comes with window 8 operating system. I hope this tablet will much better than other tablets.