Anxiety Builds: Here’s When to Expect Microsoft’s Windows 8

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) devotees holding off PC purchases in anticipation of the all-new Windows 8 operating system now have some visibility of when they could lay their hands on machines running the new software.

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Microsoft accompanied its launch of a near-final test version of Windows 8 with an announcement that it plans to have machines running this operating system on retail shelves by the holiday season at the end of this year. The announcement appeared in a blog post on Microsoft’s website by Windows President Steven Sinofsky.

Microsoft has touch-enabled Windows 8 and made it compatible with chips produced by ARM Holdings Plc (NASDAQ:ARMH) in an effort to stem the loss of its market to tablet computers.

The feedback on the latest test version would enable Microsoft to move the software to a milestone known as ‘release to manufacturing’ – in which computer manufacturers will commence loading it to their machines — in about two months.

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