Microsoft slates Windows 8 beta for "late February"

At today’s Windows 8 Store preview, Windows Web Services VP Antoine Leblond announced that a beta of Windows 8 will be released in late February 2012, indicating that previous reports of a public beta in February were correct.

The beta will launch with the new Windows 8 Store on-board, with just free applications included; Leblond mentioned that app submissions would be “by invite only.” The event was wrapped up without any other details of the Windows 8 public beta, so we assume that, as Microsoft are gearing up for a release, that this public beta will be much more user friendly compared to the Preview released at BUILD.

So, now we all must eagerly await “late February” next year to get our hands on a proper beta version of Microsoft’s next operating system. It will be interesting to see just how many of the recently leaked features end up in the Windows 8 beta; only time will tell.

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Albert said,
vista 2.0. wait and see.

Vistas sole problem was the poor driver support of 3rd party hardver manufacturers and this is not an issue for Win8 so no, it's not gonna be a "vista 2.0".

Albert said,
vista 2.0. wait and see.

Vista was never an issue for me. And many others. It was actually a brilliant OS. It wasnt ever slow for me except for when i used to copy paste files around.

Zain Adeel said,

Vista was never an issue for me. And many others. It was actually a brilliant OS. It wasnt ever slow for me except for when i used to copy paste files around.

Same for me

Morden said,
Vistas sole problem was the poor driver support of 3rd party hardver manufacturers [...]

Except it wasn't. The Windows Vista debacle was about much more than its launch issues alone. Remember how "Longhorn" was supposed to be released in late 2003?

.Neo said,

Except it wasn't. The Windows Vista debacle was about much more than its launch issues alone. Remember how "Longhorn" was supposed to be released in late 2003?

Remember how the direction of hardware developement changed? Longhorn was being built in an era when they thought about single-core CPUs doing rocket speeds, so its not exactly MS's fault that the market took a different path.

Of course Vista was made for the hardware of its time not the predecessor XP's. So most of the complaints (user-wise) came from people who tried to run it on some XP-era hardware 4 or 5 years old at the time. In other words the Vista-fiasco was about people who tried to run it on p.o.s. hardware.

Driver support was the other epic fail caused by ******* oems who got lazy under the 6 year reign of XP.

Vista was a perfectly good os IF you had up to date (not exceptionally strong) hardware and the luck of hardware support. My only problem back in those days was with a terratec soundcard wich had no support until some mid 2007... of course i just threw it out of my rig.

Zain Adeel said,

Vista was never an issue for me. And many others. It was actually a brilliant OS. It wasnt ever slow for me except for when i used to copy paste files around.


It was only slow because I ran it on 1.5gb of RAM like an idiot. On my next PC it was very good, don't understand all the badness coming from it.

Morden said,

Remember how the direction of hardware developement changed? Longhorn was being built in an era when they thought about single-core CPUs doing rocket speeds, so its not exactly MS's fault that the market took a different path.

Of course Vista was made for the hardware of its time not the predecessor XP's. So most of the complaints (user-wise) came from people who tried to run it on some XP-era hardware 4 or 5 years old at the time. In other words the Vista-fiasco was about people who tried to run it on p.o.s. hardware.

Driver support was the other epic fail caused by ******* oems who got lazy under the 6 year reign of XP.

Vista was a perfectly good os IF you had up to date (not exceptionally strong) hardware and the luck of hardware support. My only problem back in those days was with a terratec soundcard wich had no support until some mid 2007... of course i just threw it out of my rig.


Dont forget that both Win7 and Vista run considerably faster and smoother on 64bit and that at release of vista all those dirt cheap laptops and notebooks everybody bought was Vista 32bit on 1-2gb ram.
Even high end laptops with 64bit hardware where often running Vista 32bit, how people where missing out on allot of speed they could have.

This was also a big reason of the Vista hatred, at least in my surroundings. Upgraded allot of people's Vista to 64bit and most complaints where gone.

Well...this beta release is a little later than when Windows 7 released their beta...which was in January.

So...makes me wonder if Microsoft is still on target for October 2012...or if they are shooting for before Christmas 2012?

texasghost said,
Well...this beta release is a little later than when Windows 7 released their beta...which was in January.

So...makes me wonder if Microsoft is still on target for October 2012...or if they are shooting for before Christmas 2012?

While we can look to the past to see how the Windows 8 schedule will play out, there are a lot more pieces to work with to ensure that even the beta launches smoothly (since it is technically released to the public to test). You have to consider all of the servers needed to support the cloud features of Windows 8, plus the fact that Windows 8 needs apps in order to really shine. It is a new platform for developers to learn how to build apps in, so some time needs to be budgeted so that quality apps are available for download when the beta is released.

I hope so; it would be nice if Windows 8 goes RTM before my latest Technet subscription expires in 22 September. Most likely it will.

FaiKee said,
LOL, Tim , you are so fast that you made a mis-spell in the title: "slates".

? "Slates" means "Schedule; plan" (well, one of the definitions)