Analyst remains skeptical, believes date-driven release would be major mistake
By Gregg Keizer
March 20, 2012 09:47 AM ET
Computerworld - Microsoft will wrap up Windows 8 this summer, according to a report by Bloomberg on Monday.
Computer and tablet makers, known as OEMs for "original equipment manufacturers," will have Windows 8-powered PCs and tablets ready to sell in October, Bloomberg said
The Windows 8 operating system will come in two flavors: Windows 8 for traditional PCs and business-grade slates and tablets
, and Windows on ARM (WOA) for consumer tablets.
declined to comment on the Bloomberg report, which cited what the news organization called "people with knowledge of the schedule," who asked for anonymity.
Neither a summer wrap-up or an October sales launch would be a surprise: Microsoft finished Windows 7
three years ago this July and launched that OS on Oct. 22, 2009. New PCs went on sale at the same time, just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear.
Analysts have expected that Microsoft is shooting for a similar fall release of Windows 8, possibly in October, to follow in Windows 7's successful footsteps and avoid a repeat of the timing of Windows Vista, which missed 2006's holiday season when it fell behind schedule and didn't ship until January 2007.
Microsoft has not disclosed a release date for Windows 8 but recently hinted that it would be this year.