Windows Phone 8 and Office 2013 launch dates rumored

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it would commercially launch Windows 8 on October 26th, with the OS reaching its Release to Manufacturing (RTM) stage during the first week of August. But there are also a ton of other Microsoft product launches still in the works.

ZDNet.com reports, via unnamed sources, that it has learned some general launch dates for a number of Microsoft products. The story claims that Windows Phone 8, also known as Apollo, could reach the RTM stage sometime in September; the first devices that will run Windows Phone 8 could go on sale to the public in November.

Office 2013, which got a preview version launch earlier this week, is scheduled to make its own RTM deadline in November and that Microsoft plans to launch the final version of Office 2013 to the public sometime in February 2013.

The story adds that Visual Studio 2012 could reach the RTM stage in August, with a general launch date of September. Microsoft Dynamics NAV could reach the RTM build in September, with a launch in October.

All in all, it sounds like Microsoft is going to have one launch after another with a number of major products coming out in the next several months, if all of these timelines are correct.

Source: ZDNet.com

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november is way too late. with a possible sept/october release of the iphone some of those people waiting to see what MS has to offer might not want to wait.

Wait, but isn't Office 2013 supposed to come with Windows 8 RT? if they RTM at different times, how's that gonna work? EDIT: oh, sorry, hadn't seen kiddingguy's comment

I certainly hope it's Nov for Windows Phone as that's when my contract ends and would like to be able to get WP8 for (relatively) cheap.

spenser.d said,
I certainly hope it's Nov for Windows Phone as that's when my contract ends and would like to be able to get WP8 for (relatively) cheap.

ill still have a year left on my 3yr. But if Nokia comes out with something stunning, well ill have to upgrade with a small fee. Worth it.

Maybe Office 2013 will release w/ Windows 8, since Win 8 RT has the new Office onboard as I am informed correctly

At least I hope so...

kiddingguy said,
Maybe Office 2013 will release w/ Windows 8, since Win 8 RT has the new Office onboard as I am informed correctly

At least I hope so...

Good point. they will be out together, at lest the RT versions

oliver182 said,

Good point. they will be out together, at lest the RT versions

No, Microsoft already said that Surface RT (and all first batch windows rt devices) will ship with office 2013 home and student Release Preview (a beta version, not the RTM bits).

Andrew Lyle said,
Get ready Microsoft fanboys, it's time to empty those wallets once again!

Don't worry, we won't be emptying them. They're not Apple products.

Tom said,

Don't worry, we won't be emptying them. They're not Apple products.

I paid my Lumia 900 Euro 600; mind to share with us, simple commoners, how do you plan to get the next one for free?

Fritzly said,

I paid my Lumia 900 Euro 600; mind to share with us, simple commoners, how do you plan to get the next one for free?

I paid 500 Euros for my LG optimus 7 as well, of course that was almost 2 years ago. It didn't empty my wallet though.

GP007 said,

I paid 500 Euros for my LG optimus 7 as well, of course that was almost 2 years ago. It didn't empty my wallet though.

Me neither but for the same amount I could have bought an iPhone and that was the point of my reply.

Fritzly said,

Me neither but for the same amount I could have bought an iPhone and that was the point of my reply.

Not the exact same case for me though, the same 16GB iPhone goes for 630euros and higher. Still we're talking unlocked without a contract, most people don't get phones this way.

Fritzly said,

I paid my Lumia 900 Euro 600; mind to share with us, simple commoners, how do you plan to get the next one for free?

Someone's salty!

Over here, iPhones on telco contracts go for much more than other phones.

Andrew Lyle said,
Get ready Microsoft fanboys, it's time to empty those wallets once again!

Dont worry, even if we are emptying we are not paying for a piece of ****

GP007 said,

Not the exact same case for me though, the same 16GB iPhone goes for 630euros and higher. Still we're talking unlocked without a contract, most people don't get phones this way.

No, not in the US, this is true.

McKay said,
Looking forward to WP8! A Nokia Lumia with a 720p screen and a pureview camera would be stunning.

And less than 500$ will be awesome.

November makes sense for WP8 so possibly. Office 2013 in Feb... if I was MS, I'd release it at the same time as Windows 8 to make it feel more integrated with the OS. Office 10 doesn't go with the metro design of Windows 8.

Tom said,
November makes sense for WP8 so possibly. Office 2013 in Feb... if I was MS, I'd release it at the same time as Windows 8 to make it feel more integrated with the OS. Office 10 doesn't go with the metro design of Windows 8.

Releasing Office 2013 so soon wouldn't leave as much time for final tweaks and testing.

thealexweb said,

Releasing Office 2013 so soon wouldn't leave as much time for final tweaks and testing.

Other than touch-related tweaks (most of which can be borrowed from Visual Studio 2012, which shares the UI) most of the rest of the UI changes can also come from VS 2012 (as the same complaints are being made, pretty much); there's actually far fewer changes in the remainder of the Office applications themselves (the biggest change, in fact, is in Word, which adds direct editing of ODF and PDF documents) outside of the much-snapper performance on the same hardware compared to 2010 (and I'd hate to see THAT dialed back, as would anyone else).