Given the very few (and occasionally confusing) leaks around Windows 8, an update as to how things are progressing is always welcome. On February 21, there were reports that Microsoft was just about done with Win 8 Milestone 2. On the roadmap shown below, final M2 build candidate is slated to arrive on February 23. And according to the roadmap below, the coding for Milestone 3 (M3) is due to start a week from today, on February 28.
Microsoft has reportedly compiled 6.2.7947.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110218-1608 on Friday following a number of Windows 8 builds over the past couple of weeks:
Milestone 2, according to the roadmap, took the Windows client team five months. If M3 takes another five months -- which it might if it has to go through all the same coding/integration/fixing/lockdown steps as M2 did -- that would put its completion date around the end of July. Factor in a month or so for any kind of private CTP testing, and a beta around the time of this year's Professional Developers Conference -- which I'm still hearing is slated for September 2011 -- looks downright doable.
Microsoft may introduce Windows 8 ARM based tablets ahead of a full desktop release according to recent reports. Microsoft's competitive tablet strategy is believed to be further along than expected. Dell's recently leaked Tablet Roadmap revealed that the OEM has marked Q1 2012 as its date for a Windows 8 based slate. Microsoft execs also are not commenting on an alleged Dell roadmap leak.
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