We got our first gander at Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface tablet this past summer but now it appears that the device is almost ready for primetime. Microsoft on Thursday started sending out press invitations for a Windows 8 event in New York that will kick off at 10 a.m. on October 25th and that will, according to The Verge, lead up to the launch of the Surface at midnight on October 26th. The Verge says that “other Microsoft stores” will start selling the tablet starting October 26th although the publication doesn’t specify whether all Microsoft stores will sell the tablet or just a select few.

UPDATE: BGR has just received an invitation for a Microsoft event that will take the wraps off of Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco on October 29th. All in all, it’s going to be a busy week for Steve Ballmer and crew.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.