According to a recent report by Bloomberg, Microsoft is planning to finish up with the development work of Windows 8 this summer and release it to the general public in October for both personal computers and tablets. Bloomberg cites the source of the information as the people (insiders) having knowledge of Microsoft’s schedule. As of today, no official word is out about either the confirmation or negation of this report.
Officially Windows 8 is still under development and getting polished for a future release (expected some time in the fourth quarter of this year). Microsoft released Windows 8 Consumer Preview last month which garnered positive reviews from the users for its catchy interface and low resource consumption. Windows 8 is the first operating system ever developed by Microsoft that is being designed to support both Intel and ARM-manufactured chips. As per Bloomberg’s report, initially around 40 Intel devices would be supported whereas only a handful of ARM devices (3-4) would be able to run Windows 8.
According to industry experts, October is indeed the best and the only possible time this year for the release of the next iteration of Windows. A release anytime later than October would hurt Windows 8 adoption in the tablet market. There were some recent reports that shed some light on Lenovo’s plans of releasing a Windows 8 based tablet in the market before the end of October.
Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Stamford, Connecticut- based Gartner Inc told Bloomberg:
“If they miss the September-October time frame, they’re going to be stuck without being able to ship anything in 2012, The last thing Microsoft wants to have is a situation where there are no compelling Windows tablets at a time when the new iPad looks like it’s going to be a good seller for the holidays.”
The report further suggests that Microsoft would hold a meeting sometime in April to officially announce the release date of Windows 8 and to kick off its Windows 8 marketing campaign. Given the recent failure of Windows Vista which ultimately resulted in the development of resource savvy Windows 7, stakes are still high for Microsoft to let its latest OS taste some success.
We have our fingers crossed, let’s see what happens. You, however in the meanwhile can download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and give it a shot!