Microsoft could finish Windows 8 this summer, with a possible release date in October, according to sources, and Microsoft’s new OS will support both Intel and Arm processors. However, as much as 40 Intel devices will be supported in the initial rollout, compared to “fewer than five” ARM devices.
Microsoft is likely to host an event in April, when it will reveal the release date and marketing details for Windows 8.
October is the most possible time for Microsoft if it wants tablet manufacturers to ship devices sporting Windows 8 in 2012. Lenovo is said to be planning to launch a Windows 8-based tablet device as early as October 2012.
In fact, Windows 8 development is on schedule. In February, Microsoft released a Consumer Preview version of the OS and Microsoft has plenty of time in 2012 to work on the details.