Some internal Windows 8 dates were sort-of released.

Subject: General Tech, Systems | July 4, 2012 - 05:53 PM |
Tagged: windows 8

Expect Windows 8 to RTM between July 12th and July 21st.Of course the one date missing is the actual general availability release date which is still expected for the October timeframe. Certain developers have received builds early to help prepare their apps for RTM.

Windows 8 almost entirely relies on its Metro initiative.

The success or failure of the Windows 8 app marketplace will be the deciding factor in the future of the Windows platform. Whichever markets see success with Windows 8 will likely be the focus of future versions of the operating system. If it is all-around unsuccessful then you can probably expect Microsoft to go into a fit of anxiety and do something even more drastic for the future -- if Windows would even have one.

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Paul Thurrott on his Supersite for Windows reported on a Building Windows 8 blog post from Steven Sinofsky. As long time viewers of this site might remember: we have experienced three public releases of Windows 8 to help developers make Metro style apps. Microsoft has also stated that a few high profile developers have received Windows RT tablets to help ensure compatibility on the new platform.

It turns out that they have also received several extra builds. Developers close to Microsoft have just received their 8th build -- if you include the three public ones -- to help developers prepare their applications for RTM sometime between July 12th and July 21st.

At least developers will have a few months to put some polish on their applications before the actual Windows 8 release still expected sometime in October.

July 4, 2012 | 11:15 PM - Posted by MrBlack

If MS gave away Win8 for 0$
most people still wouldn't upgrade.

Maybe use Win8 for phones and tablets
(and add some spark to the flat metro interface)

Hopefully they will admit they blew it and come out with something better for a Desktop OS

July 5, 2012 | 12:33 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

your probably right; I mean, for a desktop experience.

July 5, 2012 | 12:49 AM - Posted by Tim (not verified)

If you replace 'people' with might have an accurate statement. Of course like most versions of Windows the vast vast majority just get the new version when they buy a nbew pc.

July 5, 2012 | 03:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

next time, try the windows release preview before posting stupid comments.

July 5, 2012 | 02:56 AM - Posted by MrBlack

nope I already asked - I speak for everyone..except people who sell Win8 books :^)

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