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

By - Source: Bloomberg | B 60 comments

According to the latest rumors, Microsoft is prepping Windows 8 for a Q4 2012 launch.

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 , March 20, 2012 4:14 PM
    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 , March 20, 2012 4:10 PM
    ... 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 , March 20, 2012 5:02 PM
    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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  • 21 Hide
    DjEaZy , March 20, 2012 4:10 PM
    ... and build in the option to choose between clasic windows 7 style aero UI and the metro UI... and M$ haz a winner...
  • 22 Hide
    captaincharisma , March 20, 2012 4:14 PM
    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 , March 20, 2012 4:24 PM
    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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    memadmax , March 20, 2012 4:29 PM
    I love windows server 8. Its powerful.
    But......
    They put the stupid metro in it as well.....
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    Anonymous , March 20, 2012 5:02 PM
    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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    sublime2k , March 20, 2012 5:04 PM
    I got Windows 7 few days ago.

    End of mainstream support: 2015
    End of extended support: 2020

    I'll pass Windows 8, thanks.
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    marcopalestra , March 20, 2012 5:11 PM
    I use the Consumer Preview on my notebook and i don't want the Metro UI because is oriented on the Tablet or the Touchscreen Computers and I prefer the Windows 7 UI
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    captaincharisma , March 20, 2012 5:26 PM
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    really, why all the hate for metro? Are people so backwards that they really used the start menu for anything other than shutting down and control panel (both of which are easy to access using the Charms menu)? All of the metro programs are 'extras' which are not really required, and while different it does not hurt the usability of Windows as a whole, and adds some potential capability (though I am not entirely sold on that point yet, but we will see what developers come up with).

    I am sure there will be plenty of ways to get around Secure Boot shortly after it is released. Granted it will void warranty, but I am pretty sure that duel booting, or loading any OS other than what came with your machine in the first place, would void the warranty in the first place.


    i do usethe start menu a lot. especially since they added the search bar in it. we are not like you with 1000's of icons on the desktop and a 100 more icons in the tooltray . i don't fear change but unfortunately this is a change i do not like and for the record i have used the metro GUI
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    matt_b , March 20, 2012 5:38 PM
    jIt's funny how people hate change, really the only pain that comes from change is the resistance to it.

    It's also funny how to some people, change - any change at all is a sign of progress and a way forward with disregard to it being for better or worse. The Metro interface is not a bar mover whatsoever, a way forward, nor progress. It's simply a feature that's overwhelmingly not wanted. Opposition/resistance is a normal reaction for those that don't like to swallow what they've been given when they know they don't like it. You may like the new interface, and that's fine; it's your opinion and you're entitled to it - as are those that do not like it though.
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    masop , March 20, 2012 5:39 PM
    I find it interesting how some people dislike when someone corrects an obvious mistake in an article and then they go ahead and give thumbs down to the correction. I suppose some prefer to remain misinformed I guess.
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    wiyosaya , March 20, 2012 5:41 PM
    captaincharismaok but will you get any other versions of windows ever if they still have the Metro GUI? because its here to stay

    Maybe, but not if it is universally panned. 8 has every chance of being accepted by businesses as Vista did. The churn of new OSs from M$ is far too fast for the business world, and since businesses are just now turning from XP to 7, the probability that 8 will find a home in the business world is likely on par with Vista.

    While this may be a good move for M$ in aligning their OS across different platforms, businesses will buy based on the business need, not what M$ releases.
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    sublime2k , March 20, 2012 5:43 PM
    captaincharismaok but will you get any other versions of windows ever if they still have the Metro GUI? because its here to stay

    I'm not even sure what Metro GUI looks like, I'll have to google it.
    But I've used Windows XP since it came out, which is 9-10 years, I think that says enough about me sticking to preferred OS. :) 
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    loomis86 , March 20, 2012 5:51 PM
    wiyosayaMaybe, but not if it is universally panned. 8 has every chance of being accepted by businesses as Vista did. The churn of new OSs from M$ is far too fast for the business world, and since businesses are just now turning from XP to 7, the probability that 8 will find a home in the business world is likely on par with Vista.While this may be a good move for M$ in aligning their OS across different platforms, businesses will buy based on the business need, not what M$ releases.



    The thing is people are using tablets and smart phones more often at work nowdays. This is a headache when your work systems are all microsoft machines and your smartphone/tablets are all android/iOS.

    When windows 8 tablet computers and nextgen windows phones come out, if they are as good as expected, there will be a huge incentive to go with the microsoft phones and tablets just because they will be more compatible with your office systems at work. Your work may even issue you free windows based tablets and smart phones.
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    Darkerson , March 20, 2012 5:52 PM
    This seems to be a never ending cycle. Id rather they try new things then to just puke out the same thing over and over and over. At any rate, for those that didnt even give Metro a chance, or just blindly hate it, Im sure there will be a way to use the "old" interface, official or not.

    At any rate, Im excited about Windows 8. Im looking forward to some of the new stuff going on under the hood.

    And If I do end up not liking Windows 8, it wont just be because of one single aspect.
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    captaincharisma , March 20, 2012 5:53 PM
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    I'm not even sure what Metro GUI looks like, I'll have to google it.
    But I've used Windows XP since it came out, which is 9-10 years, I think that says enough about me sticking to preferred OS. :) 


    if you haven't used it then how can you say you don't like it?

    just sayin'
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