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Welcome the New Year with Win 8

I know a number of folks who are using the developer preview of Windows 8 successfully. I even sat in a full-day meeting with a Microsoft execs pounding away on a Win 8 tablet without a hitch. I can't always say that about my Win 7 laptop!

That's why I'm not surprised over reports that a full beta may be out this coming January or February. And that could fit in nicely with a late-year release (hopefully my current Dell will be fully amortized by then!).

The evidence is compelling. According to Redmond reporter Kurt Mackie, Win 7 beta came out in January of 2009 with the final release gracing us that October. Does that math mean we could have a Halloween release of Win 8?

Rumors also have it that a new version of Office will also hit beta early next year, though that I can surely wait for.

These reports all revolve around the Intel version of Win 8. The port to ARM should be later -- maybe quite a bit later.

Do you care about Win 8? Why or why the heck not? Let your thoughts fly at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/05/2011 at 1:18 PM


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