Windows 8 Release Date: October 2012 - gHacks Tech News

Windows 8 Release Date: October 2012

Microsoft is keeping a strict no-information policy on the next Windows operating system Windows 8. There are barely any official statements on the next Windows, except for Mr. Ballmer's statement that it will be Microsoft's riskiest product.

The majority of information come from leaks, and unintended revelations. Job openings have for instance become a valuable source.

Microsoft Netherlands published a news story on their website on Friday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the release of Windows 7. Nothing surprising there one would think, except for the fact that the last paragraph of the article gave an outlook at the future, revealing the Windows 8 release date.

The interesting part of the article concerning Windows 8's release date is the following:

Verder werkt Microsoft uiteraard aan de volgende versie van Windows. Maar het zal nog zo’n twee jaar duren voordat ‘Windows 8’ op de markt komt.

It basically means that Microsoft is working on the next version of Windows, and that it will take two more years (twee jaar) before Windows 8 will be officially released to the public.

A three-year phase between Windows 7 and Windows 8 is what most experts have estimated, and this news posting is confirming it.

If Windows 8 gets released in October 2012, it is likely that

  • A Windows 8 Beta will be released around January 2012
  • The Windows 8 RC will be released around April 2012
  • The Windows 8 RTM will be released around July 2012

Those figures have been taken directly from the Windows 7 development phase. This assumes that the development will progress without larger interruptions or problems.

Two years is plenty of time to sell lots of copies of Windows 7. Have you switched to Windows 7 yet? What features should Windows 8 have to convince you to upgrade to Windows 8?

Update: Microsoft has just confirmed that the Windows 8 operating system will be released on October 26, 2012. The system will be available in retail stores or at Microsoft's online store. Users can buy retail versions of the operating system or upgrades for existing versions of Windows. Check out the following posts for more information about price, upgrading and other information

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  1. inoxllor said on October 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Damn, just now that I bought windows 7…

  2. Will said on October 25, 2010 at 12:01 am

    100% 64bit, true multitasking and multiuser OS, and spyware free.

    Do that and I’m sold!!

  3. obrowny said on October 25, 2010 at 10:23 am

    If windows 8 is risky (innovative) it won’t be out until windows 7 is sold out…so it won’t appear in 2012.
    If it is out in 2012 it means that it is not risky none innovative but just a windows 7 add on…
    Microsoft has no interest in being risky as they control 95% of the market.

    Microsoft is not a very innovative company anyway (they have bought qdos, they have bought mosaic…)
    Maybe windows phone 7 is the first 100% microsoft product made from scratch !!

  4. Lulu said on October 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Risky IMO would be heavy use of the Cloud. Judging by Windows recent ad campaign this isn’t unlikely.

  5. Anonymous said on October 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Riskier than Vista or ME? (I’ve never actually used either one, but…)

  6. Anonymous said on November 29, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Windows 8 will apear in late 2011 or in early 2012 !!!

  7. [email protected] said on November 29, 2010 at 11:43 am


  8. FluffChop said on January 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

    It would be nice if they just got windows 6 right from the start. Then they wouldn’t need a 7 nor an 8. XP is still the best thing going and used on more PC’s than anything and it’s the oldest of all windows still widely supported by vendors. What more do you need? If they get 8 right I will switch from XP.

    1. dabears said on January 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      If given windows 7 a true shot, (not just sitting on it for a few hours but actually learn to use it for a given month) you will find that 7 is smooth and easily able to multi-task effectively. XP is more of a system that is idiot proof (again, not completely) and based on older and therefore more sluggish programming. Sure, windows 7 has it’s glitches but I challange you to use it for a month and find any downfalls to this operating system.

  9. max said on February 3, 2011 at 2:21 am


  10. Joost said on June 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    So we’ll have to wait 10 more months before we can actually use Windows 8? That’s a very long time… I hoped it was a lot sooner. I’m too excited to wait so long, but I’ll have to I guess

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