Report: Windows 8 to arrive in October

Microsoft will finish Windows 8 this summer, with the official launch in October, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Tablets and laptops running the new OS will launch at that time, according to unnamed sources.

While both ARM and Intel devices will be available at launch, the sources predicted there would be around five running on ARM and more than 40 on Intel.

After the release of the beta – called a consumer preview by Microsoft – at the end of last month, it’s been widely expected that Windows 8 would arrive this year.

“The last thing Microsoft wants to have is a situation where there are no compelling Windows tablets at a time when the new iPad looks like it’s going to be a good seller for the holidays,” Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg told Bloomberg.

Dell is one of several manufacturers which has already suggested it plans to release Windows 8 tablets by the end of the year.

“We have a roadmap for tablets that we haven’t announced yet,” chief commercial officer Steve Felice told Reuters. “You’ll see some announcements… for the back half of the year.”

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