Windows 8 Release Date in 2011?

The release of Windows 8 is highly anticipated, but what exactly is the release date for Windows 8? Windows 7 hit the shelves in October 2009 and Microsoft will continue to work on a SP1 for some months until Microsoft will be fully working on Windows 8 in June/July 2010 when their new fiscal year begins.

Windows 8 Release Date

Release Dates of Windows Vista and Windows 7

The release date of Windows Vista RTM was November 8, 2006. So the the time frame between the release of Windows Vista and Windows 7 was only 3 years. Should Microsoft start working on Windows 8 in July 2010 does that ultimately mean the release date of Windows 8 will be in 3 years from now on, in July 2013? No. Microsoft said that they plan to release a new Windows version every two years. If they are able to do it that would mean we can expect a Windows 8 release in 2012. Microsoft is currently working on 5 new operating systems, so never underestimate Microsoft.

Windows 8 Release Date Poll: 1867 votes

When we put up a poll to vote for a possible Windows 8 release date, 19% out of 1867 voters said that they believe Windows 8 will be released in late 2012. 17% stated that they expect Windows 8 to ship in late 2011. 13% voted for a release date early in 2012. Mid 2012 still received 10% of all votes. 42% voted for the “world is going to end in 2012” and didn’t have a clue ;)

So a trend is clearly visible. People just don’t know. Some expect it to ship it in late 2011, others say late 2012.

MVP expects Windows 8 to be released in 2012

I recently discussed the topic with a MVP and he expects that Microsoft will release Windows 8 during the holiday season 2012 (Christmas 2012?). He also expects that a beta will be available next year (early 2011). Actually, that doesn’t make much sense to me. If they would release a beta in early 2011, we could expect a RTM release of Windows 8 in October 2011. Maybe they are going for a release during the holiday season 2011, then Microsoft’s plan to release a Windows every two years would become reality.

I will be interviewing some more MVP’s to find out what some of the insiders know about the release date of Windows 8.
If you have any news or insider information that you want to share with us, let us know!

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Published: Thursday, January 21st, 2010 Last Modified: January 21, 2010

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