Microsoft Windows 8 computers on sale in October

 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Computers running on the next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system will go on sale in October.

   Microsoft Corp. announced the time frame for Windows 8's mass-market release Monday at a company conference in Toronto. A specific sales date in October wasn't provided.

   Most analysts had predicted Windows 8 would go on sale in the fall to ensure the machines running on the operating system would be available for the holiday shopping season;

   New versions of Windows typically come out every three years, but this update is the most widely anticipated overhaul of the software since 1995.

   Applications will appear in a mosaic of tiles on Windows 8. Microsoft, based in Redmond, Wash., also designed the operating system so it can run on personal computers or touch-based tablet computers.

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