Windows 8 could launch in April 2012
A beta build is expected to be released at the company's Build Conference which takes place in September
Windows 8 is poised for an April release according to Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley. The blogger who writes for ZDNet received a tip from a trusted source that told her that Microsoft is on track to release all Windows 8 versions by April 2012.
There's also news that Microsoft will release a beta build around the time of its Build Conference in mid September. This will allegedly be the only beta after which Microsoft will produce a final Release Candidate (RC) in January 2012. The company is expected to produce RTM (Release to Manufacturer) versions shortly thereafter.
Foley said that keeping in mind previous Office and Windows disclosure patterns, if the team offers a target delivery date there will be several months of padding built in to ensure there isn't any publicly measurable slippage.
Since Windows 8 was first said to arrive in Summer 2012, it is quite possible that an April 2012 release date is possible for the RTM. Many partners are said to be waiting to offer customers Windows 8 tablets, as the software is optimised for touch capable devices. An early release also means that more laptops, PCs and tablets can be released with the new OS before the holiday season.