Windows 8 beta: January or February 2012?

Windows 8 will have a public beta release sometime in early 2012 but the big question is when exactly will the beta build be made available to the waiting masses. Earlier this week, The Next Web claimed that it had learned via unnamed sources that the beta version of Microsoft's next operating system will launch sometime in late February 2012.

Now a new report from WinRumors, once again based on unnamed sources, claims that the beta release for Windows 8 will occur sometime in late January 2012. That time frame may also be used by Microsoft to release a public preview version of "Office 15", the code name for the next version of Microsoft's software productivity suite.

One thing both reports seem to agree on is that Microsoft will show off a demo of the beta Windows 8 version during the Consumer Electronics Show in early January at Las Vegas. Indeed, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will be taking the stage to address a crowd at the Venetian Hotel during the evening on January 9, the day before the actual exhibit floor opens at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Microsoft will more than likely add a number of features to the beta version of Windows 8 compared to the public developer's preview version. That was first released in September as part of Microsoft's BUILD conference. Microsoft is still expected to release the final version of Windows 8 sometime in the second half of 2012.

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Interesting so i guess Windows 7 just recently took over Windows XP and it is going to be replaced. I think Windows 8 way too early. Should be another 3 years.

techguy77 said,
Interesting so i guess Windows 7 just recently took over Windows XP and it is going to be replaced. I think Windows 8 way too early. Should be another 3 years.

That would be horrible for both Microsoft's market position (Keeping up with their competitors) as well as their bottom line. That's why they said they will never wait as long as they did between XP and Vista again (Even though that was unplanned)...

i just tried installing dev preview but it wouldnt install... when i restarted pc with ucb stick connected, it just went to black screen with flashing cursor after the bios check....any advice would be appreciated thanks

Maybe for the "waiting masses" of tablet users. Hardly the same for notebook and/or desktop users. Very little has been revealed about what is in Windows 8 for them.

TsarNikky said,
Maybe for the "waiting masses" of tablet users. Hardly the same for notebook and/or desktop users. Very little has been revealed about what is in Windows 8 for them.

You've missed most of the news then. 90% of what's been revealed will impact notebook / desktop users. The only thing revealed that is geared towards tablet users is the Metro UI. ALL the other stuff (Of which a TON has been announced) are for everybody...

I wonder if ARM build will ever be sold to public or just device manufacturers.
I'm pretty sure the DIY community would love to have ARM options.

dotf said,
I wonder if ARM build will ever be sold to public or just device manufacturers.
I'm pretty sure the DIY community would love to have ARM options.

I haven't checked or anything but can you even buy a ARM SoC and build your own device? I doubt they sell them at best buy like x86 CPUs.

Windows 8 tablets need to be out by mid of next year else FAIL!..
i understand its a new OS. Microsoft needs to understand that they will need to update it and add features to it frequently. More like Mobile OSes.. to keep them in the game!.

I hope when it comes out they have all the super features to support it and promote it deeper in the market. TellMe should improve 10folds by then if they are working on it for WP8. Bing is already super cool. They need to add native translate and reverse picture engine.
Live services should be made more simpler to use (not that they are not). Connect SkyDrive with everything so people get to use cloud and understand its advantages. Get ready the next IE10 with all the latest technologies and make sure the whole system is super secure...

This all will keep customers busy for a while till the marketplace of windows 8 populates. (when it goes live)

Zain Adeel said,
Windows 8 tablets need to be out by mid of next year else FAIL!..
i understand its a new OS. Microsoft needs to understand that they will need to update it and add features to it frequently. More like Mobile OSes.. to keep them in the game!.

I hope when it comes out they have all the super features to support it and promote it deeper in the market. TellMe should improve 10folds by then if they are working on it for WP8. Bing is already super cool. They need to add native translate and reverse picture engine.
Live services should be made more simpler to use (not that they are not). Connect SkyDrive with everything so people get to use cloud and understand its advantages. Get ready the next IE10 with all the latest technologies and make sure the whole system is super secure...

This all will keep customers busy for a while till the marketplace of windows 8 populates. (when it goes live)

I'm looking for Windows 8 to be released in August. They like that anniversary.

I hope it gets released by this year. 2013 would be just crazy.


This january seems to be a very eventful-one for Microsoft. Kinect 2, Xbox, W8, Office, WP8...

I am dual booting Windows 8 with mac on my 27 inch mac and just cannot get used to it, the metro looks and feels horrific on a 27 inch and think they really need to bring back the desktop and start meny for those who want it.
Imagine a game developer having many different windows open and wanting to open a new application, before they could just open it by going to the start menu, now they have to open up the start screen and scroll along the bottom to find the application.
They should add a option to switch to the desktop full in the beta, on a tablet metro is looking fantastic...

Ben Dyson said,
I am dual booting Windows 8 with mac on my 27 inch mac and just cannot get used to it, the metro looks and feels horrific on a 27 inch and think they really need to bring back the desktop and start meny for those who want it.
Imagine a game developer having many different windows open and wanting to open a new application, before they could just open it by going to the start menu, now they have to open up the start screen and scroll along the bottom to find the application.
They should add a option to switch to the desktop full in the beta, on a tablet metro is looking fantastic...

change it back in the registry its easy.

Soldiers33 said,

change it back in the registry its easy.

There's a group policy to disable it. It's in the dev preview too though doesn't work, despite the fact it says minimum OS Windows Developer Preview.

Panda X said,

There's a group policy to disable it. It's in the dev preview too though doesn't work, despite the fact it says minimum OS Windows Developer Preview.
i don't know why some ppl install developer previews and starts complaining. It's for developers not for you. If you want it to be like you want, wait for PUBLIC beta atleast

Ben Dyson said,

Imagine a game developer having many different windows open and wanting to open a new application, before they could just open it by going to the start menu, now they have to open up the start screen and scroll along the bottom to find the application.

As a game developer...I have no big qualms with Windows 8 (besides not having XNA...) workflow on a Desktop PC and on a Slate (yes, I have it on both). I've been using Windows 8 as my main OS ever since the Dev Preview has been out.

nitins60 said,
i don't know why some ppl install developer previews and starts complaining. It's for developers not for you. If you want it to be like you want, wait for PUBLIC beta atleast
Because the people complaining have a direct impact upon the development of the product. You only have to read the Windows 8 Blog to see that they are actually responding to the problems and issues that people are having.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Because the people complaining have a direct impact upon the development of the product. You only have to read the Windows 8 Blog to see that they are actually responding to the problems and issues that people are having.

I assume Mr. Dyson above is most likely not a developer for the product as is many people who publicly complain.

Ben Dyson said,
I am dual booting Windows 8 with mac on my 27 inch mac and just cannot get used to it, the metro looks and feels horrific on a 27 inch and think they really need to bring back the desktop and start meny for those who want it.
Imagine a game developer having many different windows open and wanting to open a new application, before they could just open it by going to the start menu, now they have to open up the start screen and scroll along the bottom to find the application.
They should add a option to switch to the desktop full in the beta, on a tablet metro is looking fantastic...

You're doing it wrong. After clicking start, simply start typing for an app you want to launch. It's that easy. Then hit enter.

That's how launches are supposed to be with the new Windows 8 start screen. Oh, and if you use the application a lot, pin it in the front so you don't have to scroll.

By the way, the new start screen shows way more icons with that large display than the old one did.

nitins60 said,
i don't know why some ppl install developer previews and starts complaining. It's for developers not for you. If you want it to be like you want, wait for PUBLIC beta atleast

I was simply pointing it out. I wasn't complaining.

Ben Dyson said,
I am dual booting Windows 8 with mac on my 27 inch mac and just cannot get used to it, the metro looks and feels horrific on a 27 inch and think they really need to bring back the desktop and start meny for those who want it.
Imagine a game developer having many different windows open and wanting to open a new application, before they could just open it by going to the start menu, now they have to open up the start screen and scroll along the bottom to find the application.
They should add a option to switch to the desktop full in the beta, on a tablet metro is looking fantastic...

That makes no sense, your example is lacking, how is opening the start menu then (unless you've pinned the app you want) scrolling the all programs list any quicker or better than clicking start, and scrolling to the list unless you' have the app pinned in which case it's the same damn thing both ways. If you've pinned the app to the start menu or the start screen as a tile it's two clicks either way.

I don't see any difference at all, only in the visual presentation between the two, the functionality is the same. And being on a 27" screen you get to see even more information on the start screen through the live tiles than just the normal start menu and it's static icon listing etc.

GP007 said,

That makes no sense, your example is lacking, how is opening the start menu then (unless you've pinned the app you want) scrolling the all programs list any quicker or better than clicking start, and scrolling to the list unless you' have
the app pinned in which case it's the same damn thing both ways. If you've pinned the app to the start menu or the start screen as a tile it's two clicks either way.

I don't see any difference at all, only in the visual presentation between the two, the functionality is the same. And being on a 27" screen you get to see even more information on the start screen through the live tiles than just the normal start menu and it's static icon listing etc.


Sorry my example is lacking and it makes no sense, most probably because I typed it up quickly and didn't read it, I just cant get used to the new metro interface on a desktop.
Zedox said,

As a game developer...I have no big qualms with Windows 8 (besides not having XNA...) workflow on a Desktop PC and on a Slate (yes, I have it on both). I've been using Windows 8 as my main OS ever since the Dev Preview has been out.


briangw said,

I assume Mr. Dyson above is most likely not a developer for the product as is many people who publicly complain.


I installed it because I want to learn how to develop metro style apps because I have a little experience with VB and C#
I do also read the developer blog and am only just learning, my comment made no sense.

ffMathy said,
By the way, the new start screen shows way more icons with that large display than the old one did.

Correction, LIVE TILES
Icons are so other OSes these days

Neobond said,
Seems more and more likely that people won't be able to pick up a beta at CES 2012 then.

If not I still expect a very good demo of changes made, specially to the start screen from the developer preview. That and talk about the next Windows Phone version. Hell, maybe a hint at some Xbox stuff as well, don't see why not.

Neobond said,
Looks like they will use CES for Office 15, but yes I'm very interested in the changes made for the desktop!

I don`t understand this, i know businesses are consumers but i`d have thought Microsoft would be pushing home consumer stuff more at CES. You never know, it might be a double bluff

Riggers said,

I don`t understand this, i know businesses are consumers but i`d have thought Microsoft would be pushing home consumer stuff more at CES. You never know, it might be a double bluff

Consumers use Office as well...