News reports from a tech expo in Bahrain talk about Microsoft putting end of this year as the launch date for Windows 8.
Microsoft Says It Will Launch Windows 8 By The End Of This Year In Bahrain
A two day expo called Microsoft Open Door has just taken place in Bahrain. It is an event support by the Bahrain Government in order to take advantage of the upcoming Windows 8 OS and Office 365 cloud service. But the main point of interest is what Microsoft had to say about the OS. Regional news reports suggest that Microsoft officially answered a question about the launch timings of Windows 8, saying that it would launch some time towards the end of the year. As for Office 365, they said it was coming summer this year, which is not that far away.
Microsoft has so far made no official announcements about when it intends to release Windows 8. So the news of this statement comes as a surprise. These reports fall in with what has already been rumored about Windows 8 — Microsoft is very close to achieving Release Candidate stage by this summer and that would translate in to a late 2012 commercial release. Some have even claimed that Windows 8 is currently on schedule for an October release so that it can build up to the holiday season sales.
The expo was majorly sponsored by industry stalwarts HP and Dell with exhibits from other companies like Fujitsu, Exceed, docuBox also present. A regional Microsoft manager for Bahrain and Oman also stated that Microsoft has a long standing with Bahrain and these kind of activities are important for boosting nation building efforts with access and introductions to newer platforms and technologies.