Windows 8 Going Head to Head with iOS This October
Windows 8 has been coming for a long time now with no definitive launch date confirmed. But as of Monday, we now have a general idea of when Microsoft’s next major operating system refresh will roll out. And, as it turns out, the arrival will come just as iOS 6 and a new slate of Apple products are similarly set to debut.
Catching no shortage of reporters off guard with the announcement yesterday at the start of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Microsoft Vice President and Windows CFO Tami Reller revealed that Windows 8 will launch in late October 2012.
“Windows 8 is on track to RTM the first week of August,” Reller confessed. “And Windows 8 will reach general availability at the end of October... Windows 8 is the most-tested operating system ever, [And] the wait is almost over.”
If the majority of supply chain analysts and industry watchers are correct, October is also when Apple's next-generation iPhone will drop, possibly along with other new Apple products like the still-rumored but almost guaranteed iPad mini.
Although Apple has faced and conquered no shortage of would-be rivals before, this October could be a different story. Microsoft, after all, has done an exceptional job of creating an exciting new Windows 8 ecosystem that encompasses new smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. In other words, it's the first time that iOS and Android may get a serious run for their money in mobile territory from Microsoft.