A report says that Windows 8 release date is probably expected in October. But analyst remains skeptical, believes date-driven release would be major mistake
Microsoft is about to come out with the next OS Windows 8 before the end of this year. A definite release date has not yet been announced, but it has been revealed that OEMs (â€˜original equipment manufacturersâ€™ a.k.a. the computer and tablet manufacturers) will have Windows 8-powered PCs and tablets ready to sell in October, it was reported in Bloomberg.
The Windows 8 OS would come out in two versions. One would be for traditional PCs and business-grade slates and tablets and another version would be for ARM (WOA) for consumer tablets.
The report in Bloomberg cited the source of the information as â€œpeople with knowledge of the scheduleâ€ who asked for anonymity, but Microsoft refused to confirm the report or put its brand on its authenticity.
This all can mean an October release for windows 8. If this report is real, then this implies that Microsoft is geared to a date-driven release. Analysts are calling this method to be very wrong and state that this could mean into a major mistake on part of Microsoft. However, the date-driven release seems to be preferred by Microsoft because of past experiences.
Microsoft released Windows 7 on Oct. 22, 2009. New PCs went on sale at the same time, just in time at the holiday shopping season. This can be the main source of Microsoft inclined for an October release â€“ the release of windows 8 in October can mean another successful launch.
Microsoft might also be trying to avoid the Windows Vista release fiasco. The release was delayed, it missed the holiday season and hit the markets a few months late in January, resulting in a devastating response from the consumers.
However, analysts who are calling this deadline based release date a folly are citing the production cycle of a typical OS from Microsoft. For example the windows 7 release. Microsoft released the first Windows 7 developer-oriented build at the end of October 2008, offered a public beta in January 2009, and pushed the final version onto shelves the third week of October 2009.
Michael Cherry, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, said, â€œNo, I don’t think it’s realistic. While the Consumer Preview shows progress from the Developer Preview, it is still extremely rough, and many things are broken.â€ Directions on Microsoft is a Kirkland, Washington-based research firm that tracks only Microsoft’s moves.
Cherry pointed out a number of as yet unresolved bugs like an inability to link a Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard with a Windows 8 PC and the Metro-style Mail app not connecting to an Exchange server.
He elaborated, â€œI think it would be a mistake if they allowed themselves to be date driven,” Cherry said. “One of the worst things that could happen, in my opinion, would be to ship a product for the holidays that disappoints in any way.â€