Windows 8 launch set for October 2012?

Windows 8 was one of the biggest topics of discussion at CES 2012. The next version of Microsoft's operating system was the subject of a number of announcements at the trade show. We've already posted up some impressions of a pre-beta build for Windows 8 on a tablet device.

The biggest question currently surrounding Windows 8 is when will Microsoft launch the final commercial version of the OS. Microsoft has already said it will release a beta version to the public sometime before the end of February. At CES 2012 this week, Pocket-Lint.com got what appears to be a huge hint about what Microsoft is at least thinking about when it comes to a final Windows 8 release date.

Janelle Poole, the director of public relations of the Windows Business Group, is quoted as saying:

We haven't talked about the release date and we generally don't. We are talking milestone to milestone, so for us right now we're talking about the next milestone being the consumer preview happening in late February.

Sounds like a "no comment" line, right? Then Poole adds:

One of the things that I think is a good guideline though is we've always said that Windows releases come round about every three years and this year will be three years in October since we launched Windows 7. So I think that's a good guideline to consider.

So based on Poole's comments, the "guideline" for the company's Windows 8 release is sometime in October 2012. Of course plans can and sometime do change; for example, the consumer version of Windows Vista actually launched at the end of January 2007. However, it's seems safe to say that Microsoft is at least thinking about an October time frame for the Windows 8 launch.

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Microsoft is thinking that with Windows 8 Tablet Edition as i said will gain mobile market and compete Apple iOS and Android. I can tell them right away that people don't care about Windows Phone let alone Windows 8 Tablet Edition with its Metro. People love Android and Apple iOS and unfortunately for Microsoft they got into that game late. No matter how aggressive they might be, they simply wont get there. MS is afraid that Tablets and Smart Phones are taking over PC and PC might die which is total ballony.

I own Windows Phone so people don't think i am MS hater or something but will be replacing it soon with Android 4. Funny thing about Metro on Phone is as you install more and more apps, harder and harder gets to work with this stupid interface. Even tiles on Windows Phone are complete waste of space, and doesn't take you any faster to do things than on let's say Blackberry.

All of you serious users of PCs, better get your copy of Windows-7 soon. It is going to be a long while until the next version of Windows gets released for you. If Microsoft is disappointed with the million of XP users still being productive, I can see a much bigger situation (mess?) with Windows 7. Productive users will be running that version for many years to come.

TsarNikky said,
All of you serious users of PCs, better get your copy of Windows-7 soon. It is going to be a long while until the next version of Windows gets released for you. If Microsoft is disappointed with the million of XP users still being productive, I can see a much bigger situation (mess?) with Windows 7. Productive users will be running that version for many years to come.

Windows 8 is going to be total failure because there is huge chunk of people on XP, they can't justify going to Windows 7 not to mention Windows 8 (not even me can fully justify Windows 7 but have to use it because of software and hardware support for newer things). Other half of market is on Windows 7 who just got there and seeing this new Let's be Gay, Tablet Windows Edition probably wont be going to Windows 8. Windows 8 won't be necessary failure because it was broken like Windows ME (design wise will be) but simply Market wont have interest for it. New computers from OEM will ship with Windows 8 but MS will end up with next Windows iteration before Windows 8 takes any serious portion of the market. Even after so many years Windows 7 just barely took over XP. That tells me that Microsoft is doing things wron for the past 10 years. Why Windows 8 is there with Gay Metro Design? The only reason is and Microsoft wont ever admit that is to gain Mobile Market Share. Windows 8 is OS for Tablets and Mobile, and certain type of Laptops. They didn't do a ****ing single presentation of Windows 8 on PC. When i say PC i meant desktops cause Tablets, Smart Phones have nothing to do with PC. The reason they didn't is because Windows 8 is not aimed for PC but they can't say it is not because it would make them look bad. End User who decides to go for Windows 8 and spends $250 on it will find the truth hard way when they realize this is just Windows 7 Service Pack 2 with Gay Metro on top of it.

Hopefully that means that it will be RTM (and Technet and MSDN subscribers) around September, before my Technet subscription expires.

People who are actually privy to these discussions have probably been told time and time again not to comment on release dates. This guy is going to get a tongue lashing.

Interesting. I definitely look forward to seeing the Beta. It sounds like most of my concerns have been addressed. It looks like it's going to be a very stable release.

FoxieFoxie said,
Windows 8 is just MS DOS with a new skin.

Should have named it Windows 7 SP2.

Actually MSDOS was really just CP/M with a new skin. Get your trolls right.

FoxieFoxie said,
Windows 8 is just MS DOS with a new skin.

Should have named it Windows 7 SP2.


Yeah, and WinRT is totally not a new thing ... troll harder next time.

XP - October
Vista - Few days after October (Early Nov)
7 - October

And with their ~3 year cycle it'd make sense for it to release in October.

Panda X said,
XP - October
Vista - Few days after October (Early Nov)
7 - October

And with their ~3 year cycle it'd make sense for it to release in October.


You are confusing GOLD and public release date.
Vista was released in january for public, 7 was in october, and 8 will be in october too for global availability. But you can expect a gold build late august.

Anthonyd said,

You are confusing GOLD and public release date.
Vista was released in january for public, 7 was in october, and 8 will be in october too for global availability. But you can expect a gold build late august.
Vista was released to the public in Jan, but it was given to businesses and partners around Nov. Whatever you call that partial release, it does confuse the Oct timeline.

zeke009 said,
Vista was released to the public in Jan, but it was given to businesses and partners around Nov. Whatever you call that partial release, it does confuse the Oct timeline.

And 7 was released in Aug to partners. He is messing up both type of releases inside the same post.

I don't remember when Windows 7 went gold "officially", but know it was leaked at the very end of July 2009 and I got it the same day.

Jose_49 said,
Well, if they do release it on October it will be great for Black Friday deals.

yup. and they will miss the back to school sales

they should just do more testing and add more features and just go for a early 2013 launch.

Beta at the end of February and launch in October, so, Gold by September.... This will be a short Beta.... Hope it's not rushed.

TruckWEB said,
Beta at the end of February and launch in October, so, Gold by September.... This will be a short Beta.... Hope it's not rushed.

It should be much the same as Win7 was, one beta and one RC and then done. Of course those are to the public, I'm sure MS has been seeding builds to private testers/partners often.

TruckWEB said,
Beta at the end of February and launch in October, so, Gold by September.... This will be a short Beta.... Hope it's not rushed.

Oh, they'll rush it. They'll rush it out, and patch it later. They just want shiny new Windows 8 tablets on the shelves for the holiday shopping season (desktops are an afterthought), because if they simply hand Apple one more Christmas they'll be in a horrible position that will be hard to get out of.