Microsoft Windows 8 RTM Rumored for April 2012

June 28, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft was expected to launch their  Windows 8 during Q2/Q3 of 2012. Wait, we have something more for you on that. The software behemoth is also said to be gearing up to deliver the Windows 8 RTM (Release to Manufacturing) in April 2012. The Windows 8 RC (Release Candidate) is also rumored to be waiting to be released along with it.

The first beta of Windows 8, according to folks at ZDnet, will be shown at the Build Conference 2011, which takes place from the 13th to the 16th of September.  From what we hear at the moment, Microsoft’s plan is to RTM Windows 8 for x86, Windows 8 for ARM/SoC (system on a chip) and Windows 8 Server – all at the same time.

As you all are aware, the expiry of Windows 7 is hardly a calendar away. So that shows that though Microsoft has seen success with Windows 7 in terms of sales volume, the company feels the need to release a functional tablet-capable operating system would trump the commercial viability of its current product.

May be, the company plans to push Windows 8 against the iPad.

In case you haven’t come across this, Julie Larson-Green, vice president of Windows Experience, had written in a company blog post this month, that Windows 8, which takes several cues from its mobile platform and to be made for both tablets and desktop computers, will have multitasking, the ability to snap and resize an application, and a user-friendly file system.

We have had our share of leaks, but we still don’t know much about Windows 8. It certainly looks interesting and we are curious to know what it has to offer. Come next April, and we will be seeing Windows 7 on the way out and the birth of Windows 8.

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