Could Windows 8 have a Q2 2012 release date?

The story we just posted about the French Nokia GM and his proclamations about a Windows 8 tablet was interesting.

Even more interesting though is the question will Windows 8 be released in Q2 of 2012? Q2 (the period sometime between April and June) is only 6 to 9 months away!

This corresponds to some of the rumors that we have seen on the web recently. It also corresponds to what ASUS are saying.

On one hand, it might make sense. Microsoft are moving very aggressively with Windows 8 and the Windows 8 Developer Preview was way more advanced than people are used to seeing at that stage of the game.

Yes it had some serious bugs but they still felt they had enough there to give 5000 tablets out to developers.

If the Beta has very few bugs and the Windows 8 Release Candidate is released by the Mix Conference in April, June might be a realistic date.

Even assuming it had a few (inevitable) bugs here and there, it would still be 6 months before the holiday season and Microsoft would have tons of time to work out the kinks.

It seems like OEM’s are just chomping at the bit to get Windows 8 and they seem to be indicating that they may have it by this summer.

On the other hand, maybe they are all indicating that they will have Windows 8 Tablets in development and ready by June to be shipped for a Q3/Q4 launch.

Time will tell. Either way it’s pretty exciting.

Please Leave Your Comments Below...

  • Handa

    I can see why they’d want to release it in Q2… And I maybe think that it would be better than having the perfect OS ready. They’d be too late in the game if they waited to Q4 and besides, people are used to having problems with windows and therefore maybe more open to them… :b

  • Joe

    I see no reason why you should speculate like this. It just takes you nofreakingwhere. This is time wasted. Just wait and see what happens instead of launching silly hypotheses void of meaning. And do something worthwhile doing in the meantime. Such as write codes or dig a ditch.

  • Indra Nawawi Daeng Parani

    Dear Onuora,

    I don’t know when the project on todays Windows will end but it’s true it’s a time wasted focusing on the subject, I’m eager to see what you’re up to and wanted to see your product launch on my laptop if it possibily be done without the use of the tablet at least for some periode of time, while my laptop is still around, and before it’s too late. After knowing microsoft SWOT, anything is possible for you to make what was desired by your inspirations and for this time around, the world of man made software machines is in your hands. The will of designing the future roads to software teknology is granted, nothing can stop this unless a newer formula design emerges on the man machines head. Hurry up my friend, the time is yours now. Thank you.