Winrumors, Tom Warren, has confirmed through sources that Microsoft has completed the 2nd Milestone build for Windows 8. The latest build string was on Friday and is labeled “6.2.7947.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110218-1608” which followed a number of previous builds:
The finalization of M2 is expected to be completed within a few weeks which will then see an M3 build through early June, notes Warren. This is a good indicator that we might have a Windows 8 beta coming this summer.
Also of note, is the rumor that Microsoft may be readying ARM-based Windows 8 builds to hit market before the desktop release. This would make sense because many consumers have just migrated and are satisfied with Windows 7 on the desktop, but there is currently no viable strategy for Microsoft when it comes to the tablet PC. After all, we did see Dell list a Windows 8 tablet on their 2012 release schedule.
The finalization of Windows 8 M2 is interesting when you consider that Microsoft has been ultra-quiet on the next Windows version. Slowly, information has been sneaking out of Redmond, but we have yet to see an actual interface mockup or screenshot with the new UI for Windows 8. This should change very soon with Microsoft wrapping up the Milestone builds.
The rumor that we may see a tablet version of Windows 8 before a desktop release is interesting. Do you guys believe this is a smart move on the part of Microsoft, when you consider that tablet computing is seeing impressive growth?
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