Microsoft VP hints at Windows 8 release date

Dan’l Lewin, A Microsoft VP has hinted at the upcoming Windows 8 release date.

Lewin, a corporate vice president for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, revealed that the company is targeting an Autumn 2012 release for Windows 8.

Speaking at the start-up LAUNCH event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus, he said “We’ve made the point about having a developer conference later this year, then typically we enter a beta phase, and then in 12 months we’re in the market, so let’s make that assumption.”

Microsoft has been long criticized for not responding to strong iPad and Android sales of tablets. Lewin addresses those criticisms – “I think it will just be a race once we get in the market,” said Lewin. He also revealed that the new Windows 8 tablet UI started before the iPad was released. “We knew where we were going, we just have to get there faster. We’re executing as fast as we can.”

Editors Note – Not sure you want to confess that this is as fast as you can go – Onuora

  • Mark Carruthers

    Is Windows 8 just a fancy skin over Windows 7?  I mean I can find menus in Windows 7 that look like they have not been touched since Win ’95.  With Win 8, I have a feeling as soon as we exit the “apps” section of the OS we will be back into Win 7.