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Aug 2, 2011

Windows 8 RTM Release Coming in April 2012

After a series of roadmap leaks and range estimates, it looks like we’re really close to nailing an exact date for Windows 8 RTM at this point.

According to sources of Mary-Jo Foley at ZDNet, the Windows 8 Release to Manufacturer (RTM) is presumed to occur in April 2012 – less than a year away from right now and in accordance with Microsoft’s assertion of release in the first half of 2012.

There will be a multitude of Windows 8 versions, including 32-bit, 64-bit, and ARM/SoC versions to be all released simultaneously. The source also has mentioned that Microsoft will release a real beta this September at the BUILD Conference 2011, which is when IE 10 is supposed to be introduced as well.

The BUILD Conference itself, according to the website, “is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows.” and that “BUILD will show you that Windows 8 changes everything.” It would make sense for Microsoft to debut the beta during this time, especially since Microsoft already stated that Windows 8 would come with IE10 during the Computex 2011 demo of Windows 8.

Windows 8 should be available to consumers sometime in Q2 of 2012, just in time for the back-to-school season. Microsoft is anxious to make a release in time for the holidays, not looking forward to repeating its mistake with Vista, which was released in January 2007.

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