Microsoft hints at Windows 8 coming Fall 2012

Microsoft's Corporate Vice President Dan'l Lewin has provided a clue as to when the next version of Windows will hit the shelves, with indications showing that the last few months of next year is the planned for the OS to hit retail availability. This comes as he was speaking at a startup event in Silicon Valley for the BUILD conference coming later this year in September.

According to TechRadar, when answering a question in regards to the next Operating System, which is currently codenamed Windows 8 after its predecessor, he said "we will be in market - if you look at the crystal ball and just say what happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking timelines will be".

Mr. Lewin later went on to briefly mention that the beta schedule, which is planned to start during/after the BUILD event, will in turn leave 12 months before the new OS reaches consumers. This follows a similar pattern that Microsoft followed with the development of Windows 7. The Windows 7 beta proved popular with technology enthusiasts which in turn helped to iron out small issues, creating the company's best release since Windows XP.

Windows 8 is due to bring a variety of changes to computer users, with the metro themed, refreshed Start menu as being one such change. So far, the renewed front-end look has been largely popular and may finally bring a unified look across all Microsoft products.

During his talk at the startup event, he also provided some insight into why tablets will be running the next version of Windows instead of the Windows Phone platform. The emphasis he claims, is on security for enterprise and the evolution of the consumer's needs. Consumer now want PC features on a tablet, rather than compromising with a more mobile platform to fit the tablet environment.

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Personally I can't wait for the Windows 8. I think that Microsoft are going to grow even bigger after this, especially as it can be used in Tablets and PCs.

FMH said,
I can't wait that long. Does somebody has a time machine?

Apple has time machine, dont know how well it works with windows 8 though

FMH said,
I can't wait that long. Does somebody has a time machine?

We'll probably get a beta to play with at BUILD in Sept or shortly after just like with Win7. Don't worry man.

bitflusher said,

Apple has time machine, dont know how well it works with windows 8 though


Nope only in combination with HFS+ formatted drives.

FMH said,
I can't wait that long. Does somebody has a time machine?

I'd rather use a time machine to get back to the past, then fast forwarding my age to death

Hard to picture this coming in September, Microsoft's plan is either to catch the back to school season or the Christmas buying season, which means, its RTM July for back to school or August for GA in October. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft is aiming to have this out before iPad 3 and anything Google has planned after Honeycomb.

Mr. Dee said,
Hard to picture this coming in September, Microsoft's plan is either to catch the back to school season or the Christmas buying season, which means, its RTM July for back to school or August for GA in October. I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft is aiming to have this out before iPad 3 and anything Google has planned after Honeycomb.

You do realise we're talking about next year? Still have a full year left, and there will be a Honeycomb/iPad successor before then. GA will hit around October (if they're on target ofc), that will get Windows out, but also iron out some bugs before the big spend during Christmas.

Tony. said,

You do realise we're talking about next year? Still have a full year left, and there will be a Honeycomb/iPad successor before then. GA will hit around October (if they're on target ofc), that will get Windows out, but also iron out some bugs before the big spend during Christmas.

Looking at the preview shown at the D9 conference, Windows 8 looks feature complete to me. There won't be any massive plumbing, although its a major release. I don't expect there will be too much feedback require since it will be frozen code by September. So, don't expect anything like Vista with the sprawl of builds, also, Windows 7 Beta and RC1 were so well done, you hardly found any thing to really report and even if you did, it probably was ignored if it was the public download unless you were in the private beta. Microsoft produces high quality pre-release products these days because of how they approach these things with a feature set in place. So, the 12 months of development is not necessarily required. If anything, it can probably 6 to 7, with additional 3 months for ISVs and IHVs to get their upcoming and existing products ready for the RTM.

Sounds like another VISTA to me -- shove an immature, half-baked OS out there, just to have something to compete with Apple. When will Microsoft learn that the way to interact with tablets/PDAs is totally different from laptops/desktops.

Thats why Windows 8 has a new tile interface throughout. And if your on a desktop, then you can switch to a more traditional layout if you want.

The interface works for both tablet and desktop, so you dont have to buy two expensive units of hardware like Apple would like you to.

autobon said,
if your on a desktop, then you can switch to a more traditional layout if you want.
You can switch to the traditional desktop on any type of system running Windows 8 (at least as far as we know). As with Windows 7 the traditional desktop supports touch and gestures throughout so will be moderately usable on tablets and the like.

Awww. I'll be starting university then. I was hoping to buy a Windows 8 laptop. I guess I could upgrade it.

Meph said,
Awww. I'll be starting university then. I was hoping to buy a Windows 8 laptop. I guess I could upgrade it.

As a student, you can get Windows for about $30, so upgrading wont be to much of an issue.

Meph said,
Awww. I'll be starting university then. I was hoping to buy a Windows 8 laptop. I guess I could upgrade it.

As a student, you can get Windows for about $30, so upgrading wont be to much of an issue. Also, you can try the beta out on your old laptop.

Meph said,
Awww. I'll be starting university then. I was hoping to buy a Windows 8 laptop. I guess I could upgrade it.

If Microsoft provides the Free Upgrade Option Program for Windows 8 like they did for Windows 7, you probably can even get it for free if you purchase a Windows 7 notebook within the qualifying time frame.

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