Leaked information on IE availability suggests that the Windows 8 RC (Release Client) will be available in Mid-2012
Leaked release timelines covering Internet Explorer suggest Windows 8’s Release Candidate could arrive soon
When Internet Explorer is released, the corresponding version of Windows isn’t too far behind. If IE is good, so is the OS, and vice versa. By that logic, Internet Explorer 10’s positive pre-release reception has been positive. So, will Windows 8 follow suit? We don’t know, but we do know when it could launch.
The information comes from leaked information on the Internet Explorer 10 release date. While the information is from 2011, reports from other members of the press have corroborated the information.
The leaked information says that IE 10 will be “Generally Available” around the middle of 2012, and as as a “Historical Release Cadence.” That’s a lot earlier than many fans had expected: winter 2012 was the estimated release date, with Windows 7 releasing in October 2009.
So will Windows 8 launch around that time? Well, we’re not sure. Rumours had suggested Microsoft would be meeting partners around the middle of the year to discuss launch strategies. As The Next Web report, an IE release is essentially Microsoft’s way of saying Windows 8 is ready for release.
Though there’s also the possibility IE 10 could come out before Windows 8, as we don’t know the exact date. According to two of the site’s previous posts, source speaking to Bloomberg said Windows 8 would be done in the summer and go on sales in October. The sources also said that the OS will launch on Intel- and ARM-based systems. The site also says that Windows 7 took 269 days to launch after its Developer Preview, so the same time frame would put a Windows 8 release during this June. Specifically, Friday, June 8, 2012.
I don’t really buy that, though. Windows 8 is very different to Windows 7, so I’m sure Microsoft has been putting in more development time. Of course this is purely speculation on my part, but we all know Metro is a radical departure.
Internet Explorer 10 has introduced some big changes to the browser, while building on the strong foundations laid out in IE 9. In the Metro side, the browser goes full screen. It removes all superfluous elements, including the address bar.