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(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Windows 8 to RTM in April 2012

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    (Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumors: Windows 8 to RTM in April 2012


    Last I heard, Microsoft’s goal with Windows 8 was to release to manufacturing (RTM) its next Windows release around Q2/Q3 2012, after two beta releases, plus various preview/RC drops. I’d also heard that the plan was to RTM Windows 8 for x86, Windows 8 for ARM/SoC (system on a chip) and Windows 8 Server all at the same time.
    I’m now hearing there’s a different timetable for Windows 8. I’ve received new information from a trusted source that Microsoft is actually on track to release to manufacturing all Windows 8 versions by April 2012.
    I’ve also heard from my contact that Microsoft’s game plan is to deliver a beta build– not a pre-beta or preview — of Windows 8 around the time of the Build conference in mid-September. This allegedly will be the one and only Windows 8 beta, my contact said. In January 2012 or thereabouts, Microsoft will deliver a final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows 8, my source said. (I’m now thinking that January release is the one that leaked a while back from Dell.) And the next and final milestone after RC will be RTM.
    There are a few things to keep in mind here. So far, the Windows 8 team at Microsoft has said nothing about where it’s at on its road to RTM. (Thanks to various leaks, we know they’ve basically finished the internal Milestone 3 build.) The only thing the Windows 8 leaders have offered, guidance-wise, is that Microsoft expects to deliver the final version of Windows 8 24-36 months after Windows 7. It was never clear whether the Windows brass meant two/three years after Windows 7 RTM’d or shipped, and they never clarified. (Windows 7 RTM’d in July 2009 and “launched” in October 2009.)

    We also know from previous Office and Windows disclosure patterns that if/when the team does offer a target delivery date, there will likely be several months of padding built in to make sure there will be no publicly measurable slippage. As a result, I’m betting that summer 2012 RTM target we originally heard about might have included that padding, giving more credence to a real internal April 2012 RTM date.
    That’s all I know, at this point. April sounds better than July, especially for partners and customers trying to hold out for Microsoft to deliver an operating system that will be optimized touch tablets. And if the April 2012 RTM target turns out to be reality, there will be no question about Microsoft and its OEMs being able to deliver Windows 8 PCs and tablets in time for holiday 2012. Heck, they’ll likely be ready for the back-to-school market, as well.
    complete article here

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    Windows 8 will be too early. It will be like a Vista but instead of taking too long then decided to rush it, they simply rush Windows 8 out in a record time. I still think that the Windows 8 mobile version should be out way before the desktop version. Because of the market.
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    Good artical by MJ. Not so crazy but I like the double Beta release scenario. With RTM in oct. of 012.That lets Win 7 run its three year course. If MS needs to jump in early with a Tablet well thats ok too. Lots of people I know are still holding on to XP. What happens to them in less than a year from now they have skipped Vista, missed out on Windows 7 and are booting their new Dell with Win 8. Ah well more cheese for me. :grin:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lebon14 View Post
    Windows 8 will be too early. It will be like a Vista but instead of taking too long then decided to rush it, they simply rush Windows 8 out in a record time. I still think that the Windows 8 mobile version should be out way before the desktop version. Because of the market.
    Seems I am not the only one that thinks Eight could equal Vista!
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    What I still want to see is a price drop. Lion is coming with an aggressive $30 bucks.
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    MS won't sink that low not even in my wildest dreams. MS thinks the higher the price the better regarded the o/s would be, but not so, just look at Apple......
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    Unless it is a quantum leap, I doubt Eight will cause many people to upgrade. It will simply be what is installed on new PC's when people decide to upgrade. If it was Seven, I think there would be the same number of sales. And the corporate customer is just deciding on Seven. They need to make some dramatic changes for the better. Get rid of registry, etc. They are trying to walk the line, and yet still keep themselves relevant. A Guy
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    I would agree with Echrada's first post. But I no think it will be so blessed with bugs as the first release of Vista, as, it seems to me, it is piggy baccking Windows 7 to a huge extent.
    Windows (codename 8) is , imho, beginning to shape up as the biggest disapointment ever for those who jump on the new release bandwagons. I have read posts on this forum and others, regarding the reaction to the "leaks". I have downloaded and tried the last two leaks. The so-called "hidden" features are, at this stage, nothing to swoon about. Fwiw, I see Windows 8, or whatever it may be called, not as a move on from the superb 7, but an intermediary release, mainly dedicated to tablet users. Tablets, in their many forms, are enroaching on Microsofts control of the computer market. Windows 8 is an attempt to counteract it. For normal, non tablet users, I do not see, (with the info so far available to us), windows 8 bringing anything outstanding into our lives. - Except, possibly, the touchscreen advancement?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HQuest View Post
    What I still want to see is a price drop. Lion is coming with an aggressive $30 bucks.
    But Max OS Lion = 1000€ hardware (minimum) + 30€ Mac Lion.
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    I installed, then uninstalled, all the leaked versions of Win8. I saw nothing to excite me, and the stability was no where near the leaked versions of Win7, as far as I can remember.

    I'll wait for "official" beta, give it a try and go from there.

    With all due respect to the finger-giving-Grinch/elf/munchkin, I cannot see Win8 being another Vista. It may not be Win7, but another Vista, no way.
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