New Windows 8 rumors from Mary Jo Foley

A new rumor from Mary Jo Foley.

After a brief (and unnecessary) lambasting of sites that reprint single source rumors, she goes on to print a rumor that she received on her site.

An excerpt:

I’m now hearing there’s a different timetable for Windows 8. I’ve received new information from a trusted source that Microsoft is actually on track to release to manufacturing all Windows 8 versions by April 2012.

I’ve also heard from my contact that Microsoft’s game plan is to deliver a beta build– not a pre-beta or preview — of Windows 8 around the time of the Build conference in mid-September. This allegedly will be the one and only Windows 8 beta, my contact said. In January 2012 or thereabouts, Microsoft will deliver a final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows 8, my source said. (I’m now thinking that January release is the one that leaked a while back from Dell.) And the next and final milestone after RC will be RTM.


That’s pretty wild stuff.

An April 2012 date would be awfully close. Stay tuned to a post/rant from me regarding my lack of understanding of Microsoft’s release date strategy.

I’m not sure how you compel businesses to move to Windows 8 when Windows 7 will be the “mature” Microsoft Operating System by April of 2012..