Microsoft is "taking a breath or two" after busy summer

For the past couple of months, it seems like there has been all sorts of announcements coming from Microsoft. It started on May 31 with the launch of the Windows 8 Release Preview build to the public. Since then the company has been almost non-stop with major new announcements, including the reveal of the Surface tablet, the Windows Phone 8 announcements, the preview launch of Office 2013, and the launch of Outlook.com, to name just a few.

On Wednesday, Microsoft revealed that the RTM version of Windows 8 had been completed, capping off an extremely busy news cycle from the company that lasted just over two months. Now it looks like Microsoft is taking its own little summer vacation before things crank up again later this fall.

In a post on Microsoft's official blog today, the company's corporate VP Frank X. Shaw compared Microsoft's rapid number of announcements this summer to the fast Kenyan runners competing in the Olympics. After listing the many reveals and announcements from the company, Shaw hinted at more to come ... but not just yet. He stated, "So stand by. We’re just taking a breath or two. Then it’s off the races again!"

We can likely expect official news from Microsoft to pick up again in September, with the official launches of Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012. October should be massive with the launch of Windows 8 and the Windows RT version of Surface, along with the BUILD 2012 conference at the end of the month. Windows Phone 8 should be launched sometime in November.

Source: Microsoft blog | Image via Microsoft

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I'm still waiting on a Halo game announcement for WP8 to coincide with the release of Halo 4. The gaming potential of the platform will finally be impressive enough to justify such a killer app. Well, with touch controls, that is ...... : |

smooth3006 said,
hopefully they realize their error and release a OS without metro.

lol just **** off, troll.

stop whining and stick to Windows 7 while the rest of the world who are okay with Metro or will eventually see that it's equal if not better that Window 7's functionality upgrades to Windows 8.

Ishanx said,

stop whining and stick to Windows 7 while the rest of the world who are okay with Metro or will eventually see that it's equal if not better that Window 7's functionality upgrades to Windows 8.

"The rest of the world" meaning the small minority of people who will actually get this (P)OS.

They still have some things to talk about.... xbox music and its pricing, surface pricing and accessories, store details, etc. They can't wait too much longer to talk about this stuff as 3 months from now its out.

Maybe some folks in the Windows & Visual Studio teams are getting a bit of a breather. But they still have to push ahead and work with developers in a major way *now*, some analysts say they need at least 5000 apps at general availability to have a solid launch. There is alot of unfinished business at Microsoft: XBox update is not done. Windows Phone is not done. Office is not done. You think Surface team is taking time off...they have to squash some bugs that come up during their reveal.

BUILD will be massive, I can't wait for it. I think they'll talk about how they're going to handle updating Windows RT and Windows 8 at build along with WP8 and other things, that should be very interesting.

To be expected really, theyll have plenty to talk about when Win8, WP8, WinRT all start hitting the shelves.