Windows 8 To Be Released "Around October"

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2012 - 02:08 PM |
Tagged: windows on arm, windows 8, microsoft, arm

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been out for a few weeks now, and despite the controversy around the new interface it does seem to be coming along nicely as far as development and bug testing is concerned. While the Windows On ARM has received much less attention and Microsoft has publicly released very little about it, we can only assume that the company is working hard on getting it up and running on upcoming ARM tablets.

There have been several reports on release time frames, and the general consensus for the Windows 8 release will be Q4 2012 at the latest. Alternatively, if Bloomberg's sources "with knowledge of the schedule" are to be believed, the public will be getting both Intel and ARM versions of Windows 8 a bit earlier than expected. Specifically, Microsoft has chosen their upcoming operating system to "go on sale around October." Microsoft will also be releasing more specific dates during an event for its hardware partners in April.

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Apparently, Microsoft has been rather strict with device makers in regards to hardware configurations allowed for launch devices that are to be powered by the Windows on ARM version of Windows 8. Of the ARM launch devices, only three of them will be tablets. Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows business, has stated that both the ARM and Intel/AMD versions of Windows 8 will be released at the same time, and that “I wouldn’t be saying it’s a goal if I didn’t think we could do it.” Microsoft restricting the designs is likely the reason they are able to get WoA out of the door at the same time as the tried and true x86 and x64 versions.

More information on Windows 8 can be found around the site:

 

Source: Bloomberg
March 20, 2012 | 07:28 PM - Posted by Branthog

After demoing this for a couple hours, I've moved on. I'm waiting for news on Windows 9. Since the only thing I use Windows for is Gaming, Windows 7 should do just fine for the next five years, if necessary. Until they figure out that people don't want to sign into an online account just to login or any of this other goofy crap.

The best part of Windows 8, however, is the number of people I have recently heard say with all sincerity that they've decided (after playing with Windows 8) to give Linux serious consideration. People that I wouldn't expect to hear that from, even.

March 21, 2012 | 11:53 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

so tim, you've been messing around with w8 and what do you think? Does metro drive you nuts on a desktop? can you just ignore metro on the desktop altogether?

these 2 interfaces mashed together, I get what they are trying to do but are they putting priority on one over the other or what?

March 21, 2012 | 10:19 PM - Posted by mtrush (not verified)

can't say much good about w8 metro. boxes should be categorized by type like utilities,games,work,photo and subcategories. then put boxes around each category of programs most used in each. the alphabetized lookup is worthless. they should of given you more ways to to the same thing not less.
it's a weird phenomena the reviewers love w8 metro and the users hate it. people will then say well people aren't adept to change that's why they hate it. then ms fails easily.

March 22, 2012 | 10:47 PM - Posted by Sanju (not verified)

Yeaaaaaa..... :D :D cool i'm waiting from long time for windows 8... :D
and now, i saw your post .... yeaaa we can run windows 8 on any pc... cool :D
also i got the news windows 8 coming on October ... hmmm i can't wait any more now. :D
source: Windows 8 could debut in October

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