Microsoft Said to Be Aiming for Oct. Launch for Windows 8

The Consumer Preview for Windows 8 was launched on February 29, a day that only comes around once every four years. However, you don't have to wait until 2016 for Microsoft to launch the OS properly. It's common knowledge that Microsoft is aiming to get the final build of Windows 8 out the door by the end of this year. What we don't know, is when exactly it might happen.

Today brings rumors that Microsoft is eying an October release date. Word comes via Bloomberg, which gets its information from people with knowledge of Microsoft's schedule. According to Bloomberg's sources, Redmond will finish work on Windows 8 this summer, which will set the stage for PCs and tablets running on Windows 8 going on sale around October.

This would fit in with both the Windows 7 launch, which was October 22 of 2008, but also ensure that manufacturers were able to ship products in time for the all important holiday shopping season. It also gels quite nicely with last week's rumors that Lenovo wanted to be first out the door with a Windows tablet and was aiming for an October launch.

Bloomberg's sources say Microsoft has scheduled an early April event for its industry partners. The company will reportedly spill the beans on its Windows 8 release strategy, offering details on timing and strategy. April is only two weeks away, guys. Hopefully it will bring with it something solid on the Windows 8 release.

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  • captaincharisma
    i am sure they would. when windows 95 came out they had an option go back to the old windows 3.1 UI
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  • DjEaZy
    ... and build in the option to choose between clasic windows 7 style aero UI and the metro UI... and M$ haz a winner...
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  • Anonymous
    This will be the first iteration of windows that I will skip. I have the consumer preview and as far as being able to do what "I WANT" and "Intuitiveness" it makes me cringe. They can try and force their way into the tablet market this way but I don't think it is going to work. You just have to read the comments about it every where to see people already don't like it. I don't see how they cannot take all the negative feedback and put in a updated "Classic" interface with a start button and option to disable metro altogether. Very curious as to what the final release will look like and if the have be listening to the feedback.
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  • DjEaZy
    ... and build in the option to choose between clasic windows 7 style aero UI and the metro UI... and M$ haz a winner...
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  • captaincharisma
    i am sure they would. when windows 95 came out they had an option go back to the old windows 3.1 UI
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  • jprahman
    For a range of reasons I'm skipping Windows 8, in fact, I will do everything in my power to get PCs with Windows 7, rather than Windows 8. I don't like the new UI, and while Windows 8 may have to option to use the old interface I still don't like metro as the default. And then there's the UEFI secure boot issue. Unless OEMs include the option to disable it in the BIOS I won't be able to dual-boot Linux, which is important to me as a programmer.
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