By Harry McCracken | Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 9:52 am
When will Microsoft release a beta of Windows 8, or whatever it ends up calling the next version of its operating system? ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley has a timeline that makes September look plausible, with room for a more selective Community Technology Preview version to arrive before that. That timetable would make a mid-2012 release of the final version possible–less than three years after Windows 7’s debut.
We still don’t know that much about Windows 8, other than that it’ll apparently be designed with tablets and all-in-one computers in mind as well as more traditional PCs, and will run on mobile processors from ARM and other companies as well as x86 chips. Oh, and Steve Ballmer says it’s a risky bet.