Microsoft may be preparing to release an early pre-beta copy of Windows 8 as soon as next week.
The software giant will kick start its Worldwide Partner Conference on Monday July 11 with a special vision keynote from CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft will outline its vision and strategy for the next financial year and product roadmaps for 2012. Rumors on Tuesday suggest that the company will release a pre-beta version of Windows 8 next week. “At the WPC11 – Microsoft will release a CTP build of Windows 8,” reads a tweet from Twitter account @MSFTtm, who has previously shared accurate details on Windows 8 builds. The suggestion might not be far off either.
Microsoft previously used its PDC 2008 conference as a method to unleash a pre-release version of Windows 7. The company then delivered a public beta at CES 2009. Microsoft is widely expected to release a public beta of Windows 8 at its BUILD developer conference in September this year. If the company is planning an early pre-beta of Windows 8 before its BUILD developer conference then WPC, a place where Microsoft’s biggest partners convene, would be a wise choice. The choice would also be rather untraditional and unusual as the company tends to share public bits of its next operating systems with developers initially.
Whatever Microsoft has planned for WPC 2011 next week, WinRumors understands that the company will be talking Windows 8. Two company insiders, wishing to remain anonymous, have indicated that Microsoft will detail Windows 8 “substantially”. The company is also likely to share a second “building Windows 8″ video. Microsoft first introduced Windows 8 at the D9 conference in early June. The company made an initial “Building Windows 8 video #1″ available as part of a series of videos that will be released as the BUILD conference draws closer.