It's probably an understatement to say that Microsoft is in a hurry to release Windows 8 and the Surface tablets that run on top of it.
Enough of a hurry that Redmond, on Wednesday, needed to make sure you knew that Windows 8 will arrive by October 26.
I'm guessing the Surface products won't be too far behind.
That's only going to whet consumers' appetites. Instant cachet like this is priceless. It's what every vendor (Motorola comes to mind) dreams of. The kind of cachet that has been reserved for Apple's iPad.
Yes, Surface is a different creature. It has a 10.6-inch screen and the Windows 8 Pro version will sport powerful Intel Ivy Bridge processors.
But if the Android tablet's time has finally come, Microsoft will have yet another dragon to slay -- as if the iPad wasn't already enough.