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Windows 8 public beta may ship in late February

updated 11:05 pm EST, Thu December 1, 2011

Windows 8 beta, public timing slips out

Microsoft's Windows 8 public beta might have been moved further into the year. A rumor from "sources close to Microsoft" for TNW have the release tentatively slated for late February, more than a month after the CES expo intro hinted earlier. It's not known if this was a delay or always part of the schedule.

The developer preview version released in September was in a rough state, missing e-mail and otherwise being in a state only really suitable for third-party app testing. A beta is defined as feature-complete, however, and it's likely that any delays might be to polish the release for regular users.

A public beta so late would rule out an April release to manufacturing. Microsoft always produces at least one release candidate build and rarely turns so quickly. Talk of a June or later completion date and a second-half 2012 release are more likely.

If true, the timing could create problems for Windows 8 and Microsoft's attempts to reclaim the tablet space. The first truly touch-native Windows tablets may not be on the market until 2.5 years after the iPad, and possibly months after the iPad 3 appears.

by MacNN Staff



  1. ruel24

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ever try WP7?

    The interface is horrible! What makes them think people will adopt it in Windows 8? It's just plain horrible UI...

  1. ElectroTech

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Breaking News . . . Microsoft Bob grows up

    The news is just out now. Microsoft has resurrected 'Bob' the helpful software aid that Bill Gates wife created back in the early 1990's. The call it "No Siri Bob" and in true Microsoft innovation, it is the opposite of the product Apple has. It tells constant mistruths and misinformation. Beta testers have not really noticed much difference in using this 'helpful' software compared to the old help system that Windows users are accustomed to.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    lol @ ElectroTech

    I've certainly had the experience of having to work on a project that was the lame-brained idea of the wife of a heavy breather...

  1. aepxc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No surprise

    Microsoft always ships late. And the Win 8 developer preview is horribly (almost unusably) incomplete the way it was released. I'd wager it will be later than February when the public beta is released.

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    comment title

    Windows 8, especially for tablets, retains the fundamental flaw of Windows wanting to do everything and anything. W8 dev preview was running half-assed on a tablet with an i5 cpu, required a fan and suffered from way too short battery life. MS can hope for improvements from their hardware partners, but those benefits will always translate into even better performance from their competitors that do have highly optimized OSes specific for lower resource devices.
    Windows 8 on the desktop will do well, the still have a good grip on that market, but their strategy for tablets pretty much implies they will always be behind in performance for those products.
    People's expectations are such by now that I just can't see them being successful again with an inferior product. They'll have a tough time underselling Android, and matching Apple in elegance, useability and performance at that price point will be an equally difficult task.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft ships something later than they said they would? I'm shocked. Rendered speechless. Absolutely flabbergasted.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I think...

    Windows 8 will be yet another Vista kind of thing. Windows 7 will take the XP crown and stay for the next ten years.

  1. BigMac2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows value?

    I wonder what is windows value on tablet if a) can't be compatible with existing application and b) having a different UI than Desktop counter part.

    Microsoft should stop Windows everywhere c*** and brand their product for what it really is... Windows CE for tablet

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