Needs to be released in time for holiday rush.
According to an inside source at Bloomberg, Intel had a meeting in Taiwan yesterday where the company’s CEO, Paul Otellini, told the employees that the release of Windows 8 will not be in it’s final form at launch, which is slated to be October 26th.
The release of Windows 8 also marks the introduction of the Windows Phone 8 as well as the Windows 8 based tablets from partner firms as well as Microsoft themselves (with the Windows Surface tablets). The timing is crucial, of course, as holiday shoppers will now have a choice between Apple’s iPad and Windows 8 tablets. Releasing software on a promised date and then fixing out bugs is nothing new, however. That said, this tactic did backfire on Microsoft with Windows Vista which had a whole lot of issues out of the gate.
“We are concerned at the level of bugs and fine tuning that appears necessary to get the beta systems we demoed ready for prime time,” Alex Gauna, an analyst at JMP Securities LLC in San Francisco, wrote in a Sept. 13 note in response to versions of Windows 8 shown at Intel’s recent developer forum.
It’s surprising, though, that Windows 8 is still has kinks to iron out seeing as it has been in public beta for such a long time. “With over 16 million active preview participants, Windows 8 is the most tested, reviewed and ready operating system in Microsoft’s history,” said Mark Martin, a spokesman for Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft.