If reports are to be believed, Microsoft may launch the next version of its operating system to manufacturers by April 2012.
Marey Jo Foley, a keen follower of events at Microsoft has revealed in her ZDNet blog that the company is expected to deliver the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of its highly anticipated Windows 8 operating system in April 2012.
Foley has also revealed that the first beta version of the RTM Windows 8 is expected to reach the manufacturers in September this year during the Build Conference. Foley said that the report came from a close source, however the company has not made any comment except that the operating system will reach consumers two to three years after the release of Windows 7.
Windows 8 is highly anticipated because it is supposed to be compatible with both traditional PCs and mobile devices, aside from hopefully being an improvement on the already popular Windows 7.
Experts believe that Microsoft will rush in to the release of Windows 8 in order to get onto the market before Apple's iPad 3. Apple’s iOS for iPads is increasingly eating into Microsoft's sales of Windows and Microsoft is eager to take a portion of the tablet and smartphone market for itself.