Microsoft is reported of planning to show off its new Windows 8 design for tablets by the end of its fiscal year in June, reports Business Insiders.
The source claims that Microsoft is taking a more Apple-like approach to interface design this time around, and will also be using concepts from the "Metro" interface developed for Windows Phone 7. Ironically, that interface grew out of the Media Center UI that shipped with Windows XP back in 2004, but the Media Center interface was meant to be viewed from up to 10 feet away and controlled with a remote control, whereas Metro is meant to be used with touch screens.
According a timetable shared MJF, Windows 8 Milestone 2 coding began back on Sep'27, 2010 and it took slightly over a month to complete. On Nov'5th, M2 was integrated where it began its bug fixing on Dec'6. The weeks to follow focused on more bug fixes and 'locking down' the code.
Windows 8 Milestone 3 was scheduled to begin coding yesterday, on Feb'28, 2011. If the development for M3 is anywhere near the length of time as M2, The full desktop version of Windows 8 RTM would be right on schedule for a mid-2012 release.