Windows 8 Arriving on PCs and Tablets in October, According to Report

bp9801 - March 20, 2012 02:17PM in Operating Systems

This piece of news would certainly make sense considering Microsoft's release strategy with Windows 7, but we will have to wait for something solid. At any rate, a Bloomberg report states Microsoft will release Windows 8 this October on both computers and tablets. Microsoft is expected to have Windows 8 finished this summer around the time of its annual Worldwide Partner Conference. The Windows 8 RTM could occur around that time as well, which echoes when Windows 7 was finished. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview released at the end of February while Windows 7 had the beta in January, with the full launch in October. It would make sense for Microsoft to do the same for Windows 8 in order to capitalize on the holiday shopping season, but if you are planning to pick up an ARM device running Windows 8, you may have a limited selection. The report states less than five ARM devices will be ready at launch, but there will be over 40 Intel machines (potentially even some tablets). The folks in Redmond are expected to announce the release plans in April, so we may not have long to wait for a confirmation.