Over recent weeks, information has been leaked that Microsoft is running the last stage of testing before it goes to the beta. In this guide, we will look at what each millstone stage has offered and will offer to the overall ‘development’ of Windows 8.
According to sources, planning of Windows 8 started in March 2009 and was completed in July 2010. Milestone one, probably the most important stage, Microsoft will explore all the latest features that they want implemented into the new system. They will then design its features, and develop them to an advanced stage. Technically, even when development is at Milestone 3, there will still be plenty of ‘unfinished’ products from M1. Therefore, in reality, M1 does not ‘finish’ until the beta testing goes live.
This is also the stage where Microsoft will look at all the features that are ‘expected’ to be upgraded in the new system. Here, themes and layouts will be explored, even though we will probably not see them until the release date.
According to sources, Windows 8 milestone 2 started in December 2010. The alleged first sign of this change came about when leaks showed that the build numbers changed from 6.2.78 to 6.2.79.
At this stage, like Windows 7, many people thought that the development (from M2) would take 15 months; therefore, the product would be released in March 2012.
At the M2 stage, Windows would have looked at testing various codes, resolving all design issues and to ensure that any bugs are fixed.
While we have not had any official work in regard to the start date of M3, many people believe that this work started in March. We did get the ‘next best thing’ to official news; a leak on the famed website Zukona. Zukona posted that the newest build of Windows 8 was 6.2.7956.0.winmain_win8m3.110228-1701 on February the 28th (the win8m3 indicating Windows 8 milestone 3).
Windows 7 was released 13 months after the unofficial announcement of its M3. If this is the case then we can expect to see an April 2012 release date.
Milestone 3 will include any ‘final work’ that needs to be completed before it goes into the Beta testing stage. Remember, if Microsoft releases a product to testing, then they are releasing what they consider to be a finished product.
With Milestone 3 well underway, it will not be long until the beta will be ‘on the market’, then before you know it Windows 8 will be on the shelves.