A Microsoft VP has hinted at the upcoming Windows 8 release date.
Dan’l Lewin, corporate vice president for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, revealed that the company is targeting an Autumn 2012 release for Windows 8. Speaking at the start-up LAUNCH event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus, Lewin hinted that Microsoft will be “in the market” 12 months after the initial beta period. “We’ve made the point about having a developer conference later this year,” said Lewin. “Then typically we enter a beta phase, and then in 12 months we’re in the market, so let’s make that assumption.”
Lewin also spoke briefly about his views on Tablets and phones running separate versions of Windows. TechRadar reports that Lewin feels they are the same thing. “Our strategy is a statement about phones and tablets being more or less the same thing,” he said. “I think tablets are big phones, more or less and I think they will want, over time, some of the capabilities that PC architectures have.” The software giant held a technical preview at Computex recently to demonstrate Windows 8 to hardware partners. Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president of Windows Planning, Hardware and PC Ecosystem at Microsoft, demonstrated Windows 8 on a variety of tablets. Angiulo showed how Windows 8 works across x86 and ARM-based chips. Microsoft previously introduced a technology preview of its Windows ARM support by showing off an early build of Windows 8 at CES 2011. Microsoft is partnering with ARM-based manufactures NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments to produce new Tablet devices.
Microsoft has been long critized for not responding to strong iPad and Android sales of tablets. Lewin addresses the criticisms by claiming Microsoft will get there in the end. “I think it will just be a race once we get in the market,” said Lewin. He also revealed that the new Windows 8 tablet UI started before the iPad was released. “We knew where we were going, we just have to get there faster. We’re executing as fast as we can.”