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Microsoft Corp. may release its highly-anticipated Windows 8 operating system a couple of months later than originally expected, in October, 2012, according to a new media report. The delay will have a negative impact of demand towards new personal computers early during the back to school season (BTS).

The world's largest software designer is projected to finish development of Windows 8 operating system (OS) this summer, whereas the first personal computers powered by next-gen Windows will become available in October, reports Bloomberg news-agency. The new OS will support both traditional x86 as well as ARM-architecture microprocessors, therefore the choice of various Windows 8-based devices should be pretty wide from day one. Unfortunately, only five ARM-based devices are projected to be available at Windows 8 launch.

Previously, it was reported that Microsoft would release its next-gen OS to manufacturing in June and then launch Windows 8, online market <ONM>, Windows Phone 8 and Xbox Store sometimes in August. However, it looks like the plans have changed since late, 2011.

While the October launch will allow Microsoft and its hardware partners to sell a lot of hardware and software during the Christmas holiday season, the launch in August would let the companies to sell more PCs during critical back-to-school season.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, ARM, x86

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If I were in the market for a pc around that time frame I'd insist on having it come with Win7 instead of Win8 or I ain't buying.
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for personal preference my workstation would likely be UBUNTU 12.04 my gaming system will stay WIN7 due to direct-x most compatible. the workstation will likely be moved to windows OS if it demonstrates a stable with virus/malware clean. it does not have to be very clean. just making sure key-logger and other info stealer does not get a heaven to operate inside the system. as a system admin for over a decade and thinking i know the security of windows system. just over a year ago my win7 system cook-up a key-logger undetected by a few of the anti software i was using at the time. long story short. i end up losing a few critical pieces of info. i end up kicking win7 out the and Ubuntu 10.10 came into the rescue. MS has taken a serious task to make windows a better looking and clean workplace but MS forgot one major issue te virus/malware heaven for windows os.
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