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Will Microsoft Windows 8 Be Delayed?

Windows 8 may be late according to Michael Cherry who works for independent research firm, Directions on Microsoft.

His analysis is based (opens in new tab) on the fact that there is normally a delay between the RTM (release to manufacture) and general availability.

Given that he expects RTM to be issued in the last quarter of 2012, it could well mean that Windows 8 will not be ready until 2013.

Traditionally, Cherry said, there has been a gap of up to 90 days between RTM and general availability.

The developer edition of Windows 8 has already been out for a few weeks and has proved to be stable enough for us to use on our normal work computers.

We suspect that the various versions of Windows 8 (x86, ARM) are at different stages, and we believe that Microsoft will seed OEM partners well before the OS is available to the general public.

Contrary to what Cherry is suggesting, we also believe that Microsoft will make sure that they don't miss the all-too-important holiday period in 2012.

Windows 8 could well be the operating system that brings together three different platforms; tablets, smartphones and desktops.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.