Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is being held in Toronto, Canada, from July 8 to July 12, 2012. The annual conference usually attracted about 15,000 to 20,000 people from around the world, while this year is estimated to gather about 16,000 people. At the opening ceremony on Monday morning, the top marketing and finance executive for the Windows division, Tami Reller, announced that the newest operating system Windows 8 will be available for computer manufacturers in the first week of August. Around August 6, 2012 timeframe, the software giant company will release a version called Release to Manufacturing (RTM). This RTM version usually pre-installed on new laptops or desktops that are being sold at computer and electronics stores, such as BestBuy, Microsoft Store, Fry’s, Dell, HP Store, Amazon, and others.
After the release of RTM version in early August, consumers will have about 2 months to wait for their new laptops or desktops arrived in stores. At WPC, Reller reaffirmed PC users that they will be allowed to download and upgrade to Windows 8 version for general public at the end of October. Since Windows 7 was launched on October 22, 2009, it is very possible Microsoft will stick with the same date to release Windows 8 to general public. Windows 8 will be equipped to handle 109 languages and will be sold in 231 countries and territories around the world.
Windows 8 developers must work really hard in the next few months to catch up with Microsoft’s release dates so they can start selling their apps by the end of October. Microsoft will open up their Windows Store and will help developers to sell their apps.
(Image: Microsoft Windows 8 logo)