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    Rumor: Windows 8 RTM coming in April 2012

    Posted: 27 Jun 2011 04:43 PM PDT

    After a series of roadmap leaks and range estimates, it looks like we’re really close to nailing an exact date for Windows 8 RTM at this point.

    According to sources of Mary-Jo Foley at ZDNet, the Windows 8 Release to Manufacturer (RTM) is presumed to occur in April 2012 – less than a year away from right now and in accordance with Microsoft’s assertion of release in the first half of 2012.

    There will be a multitude of Windows 8 versions, including 32-bit, 64-bit, and ARM/SoC versions to be all released simultaneously. The source also has mentioned that Microsoft will release a real beta this September at the BUILD Conference 2011, which is when IE 10 is supposed to be introduced as well.

    The BUILD Conference itself, according to the website, "is a new event that shows modern hardware and software developers how to take advantage of the future of Windows." and that "BUILD will show you that Windows 8 changes everything." It would make sense for Microsoft to debut the beta during this time, especially since Microsoft already stated that Windows 8 would come with IE10 during the Computex 2011 demo of Windows 8.

    Windows 8 should be available to consumers sometime in Q2 of 2012, just in time for the back-to-school season. Microsoft is anxious to make a release in time for the holidays, not looking forward to repeating its mistake with Vista, which was released in January 2007.



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    Details: Windows 8 Build 7989

    Posted: 27 Jun 2011 04:38 PM PDT

    In our last article, we briefly mentioned that Windows 8 build 7989 has leaked. It carries the full title of 7989.winmain.110421-1285.615974c7346f7374. The 3.54 GB file was uploaded on private FTP on and can only be downloaded by VIP members. It includes new features (some of which are hidden) such as an improved virtual keyboard, SMS capabilities, per-feature licensing, and many more.

    The virtual keyboard is not a new feature in Windows by any means, but the enhanced version in build 7989 is designed in accordance to Metro UI and is far more touch-friendly than its Windows 7 counterpart. That is especially important as the popularity of touch-screen devices rises, such as tablets. Emoticons are also integrated into the keyboard.

    Windows enthusiast Thomas Hounsell posted on his Twitter account details about the new build’s hidden features, such as SMS. Sending a SMS from a PC is an unfamiliar idea, but there’s no reason that 3G (or even 4G) capable tablets shouldn’t be able to send SMS or even make calls.

    Evidence of SMS capabilities, courtesy of Hounsell

    The build also appears to have geo-location capabilities, which are used to find where the machine running it is. If anything, it can find the user’s time zone without interaction at setup.

    Evidence of geo-locator

    Next is the App Store. We’ve known about this for a while, but now we have some more evidence in build 7989. More interestingly, Hounsell has also discovered within the App Store the ability to purchase and unlock features within the system as the user goes along. It’s not certain what Microsoft plans to do with this, but some guesses have been made, such as the death of Windows editions: all users would start with a standard, basic edition of Windows and buy features as desired. It’s certainly a novel idea.

    Evidence of per-feature licensing in Windows 8

    Hounsell has generously made available all of the code he’s found through The links to the code in the pictures can be found here:,, and

    What do you think about the new build? Sound off in the comments.SOURCES:

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