Microsoft VP hints at Windows 8 release in fall ‘12
Windows 8 is scheduled to launch in fall 2012, according to hints dropped by one of the company’s corporate vice presidents.
Speaking last week at an event at Microsoft’s campus in Mountain View, Calif., Dan’l Lewin, Microsoft corporate vice president for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, laid out the likely scenario for Windows 8, from initial beta to final release, according to TechRadar and other sources.
Asking people to look into the crystal ball and assume that “what happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking timelines will be and just speculate—we’ve made the point about having a developer conference later this year, and then typically we enter a beta phase, and then in 12 months we’re in the market, so let’s make that assumption,” said Lewin, according to TechRadar.
Microsoft typically holds its Professional Developers Conference sometime in the early fall, with this year’s conference, now known as Build, scheduled to kick off September 13. Assuming the first Windows 8 beta hits the market shortly following the conference, as Lewin suggested, that points to the final release of the new OS reaching consumers in fall 2012.
Microsoft declined CNET’s request today to comment on the Windows 8 launch.
Will the software still be relevant in the Fall of 2012? Can’t you guys tighten up the schedule just a bit? I sure hope this isn’t another Longhorn after having to wait another year and a half for the release…