Rumors Windows 8 Release Candidate coming out in May have started making the rounds of the interwebs.
Windows 8 On Track For Summer Release Of The Next Build: Rumor
Rumor has, yet again, that Windows 8 is on track for a Release Candidate build for May this year. Which also means in turn, Windows 8 is on track for a commercial release on October.
A Release Candidate is an ‘almost’ finished piece of software that will probably go to the market as is but might still have a few small bugs left. It is usually a timed item that expires automatically once the actual commercial release happens.
The rumor was started this time by Winunleaked.tk and they wrote it in absolutes that Microsoft is sharing Windows 8 Release Candidate with everyone by end of May. This post on their own might have raised a lot of skepticism, however, it does fall in with what Bloomberg has had to report so far on the situation.
However, if Microsoft has actually managed to do this, they have taken their development speed up by many notches. When the latest build was released (Consumer Preview AKA Public Beta), the development cycle was still slow enough for analysts to predict an early 2013 release. Microsoft so far has not commented. So do not get your hopes up just yet.
Rumors like these have been growing in number throughout the month of March and there’s a distinct possibility of something actually going down in summer this year. However, there might just be a little bit smoke for all this talk of there being a fire.
The only thing to look forward to right now is happening in April. Bloomberg says Microsoft will stage an event that will give out information about the release timeframe. So it’s just a wait till then.