October launch likely for Windows 8
Microsoft® will spend the upcoming summer putting the finishing touches on its Windows® 8 operating system, in time to have the next generation of its popular platform debut on personal computers and tablets in October, Bloomberg reports.
The news provider cites unnamed sources that have knowledge of Microsoft's production and release schedule.
"The timing would let Microsoft target Christmas shoppers with the new software, which works with touchscreen devices as well as laptops and desktop PCs," Bloomberg writes. "The Redmond, Washington-based company, which hasn’t announced timing for the Windows 8 release, aims to take back sales lost to the iPad® and reinvigorate the sluggish PC market."
Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg tells Bloomberg that meeting the October deadline is crucial if Microsoft is to maximize the holiday season sales opportunities. Bloomberg also reports that Microsoft has scheduled an event with industry partners for April to discuss Windows 8.
The forthcoming edition of Windows is expected to be Microsoft's most serious attempt to gain a stronger foothold in the rapidly growing tablet market. So far it has done little to compete with Apple®, the current market leader.