Windows 8…when will the beta become available?Windows 8….wanneer zal de eerste beta versie beschikbaar komen?

The last few days the Windows 8 buzz has really started. I’m really curious when the (first?) Windows 8 Beta bits will be available for download.

There are several dates suggested for the RTM version of Windows 8. So is Windows8Geek talking about January 7th, 2013. On the Dutch Windows Blog was (for a short period of time) a message posted on the 1st celebration of Windows 7 saying that it would take two more years for Windows 8 to hit the shelves, so somewhere around October 22nd, 2012.

For the first Beta version of Windows 8 I couldn’t really find a date. On the same Windows8Geek blogpost there was a small quote from WZOR (a known leaker of Windows builds)

  • Windows 7 and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 has been worked on since the fall of 2010, and is expected to touch down if all goes well sometime in mid-2012.
  • In March, Windows 8 M3 development will commence.
  • Following M3, work on the first Windows 8 beta will begin; according to WZOR, Microsoft will release two public beta milestone builds in Windows 8′s development.
  • After the second beta, the RC will be worked on then released.
  • Approximately three months after the RC, Windows 8 will reach RTM.
  • And of course, following RTM, it will hit the store shelves and reach the general availability (GA) phase of development, which WZOR states will happen on Monday, January 7th, 2013.

For know WZOR was almost right. Just a few days ago the Post-M2 / Pre-M3 build of Windows 8, Build 7955, was leaked. So maybe we can expect the first Beta of Windows 8 around (or just after) the summer of 2011!

What do you think? When can we the official public download (via Microsoft.com) of the first Windows 8 Beta?

[poll id=”3″]De laatste paar dagen lees je steeds meer over Windows 8. Ik ben wel heel benieuwd hoelang het nog duurt voordat we de (eerste?) Windows 8 Beta bits kunnen downloaden (officieel via Microsoft.com).

Op internet kun je wel diverse datums vinden waarop de RTM versie van Windows 8 mogelijk beschikbaar komt. Zo heeft Windows8Geek het over 7 januari 2013. Op het Nederlandstalige Windows Blog stond (voor een zeer korte tijd) een bericht, geplaatst op de 1e verjaardag van Windows 7, waarin stond dat het nog ongeveer 2 jaar zou duren voor dat Windows 8 op de markt zou komen, zo ergens rond 22 oktober 2012.

Voor de eerste beta versie van Windows 8 kon ik niet echt een mogelijke datum vinden. In dezelfde Windows8Geek blogpost stond een quote van WZOR (een bekend lek welke vaak Windows versies lekt)

  • Windows 7 and Server 2008 Service Pack 2 has been worked on since the fall of 2010, and is expected to touch down if all goes well sometime in mid-2012.
  • In March, Windows 8 M3 development will commence.
  • Following M3, work on the first Windows 8 beta will begin; according to WZOR, Microsoft will release two public beta milestone builds in Windows 8′s development.
  • After the second beta, the RC will be worked on then released.
  • Approximately three months after the RC, Windows 8 will reach RTM.
  • And of course, following RTM, it will hit the store shelves and reach the general availability (GA) phase of development, which WZOR states will happen on Monday, January 7th, 2013.

Op dit moment heeft WZOR het aardig bij het juiste eind, aangezien nog maar een paar dagen geleden de the Post-M2 / Pre-M3 build van Windows 8, Build 7955, gelekt is. Het is dus goed mogelijk dat we ergens rond (of net na) de zomer van 2011 de eerste publieke beta van Windows 8 kunnen verwachten!

Wat denk jij? Wanneer kunnen we de officiele download (via Microsoft.com) van de eerste Windows 8 Beta verwachten?

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