A day ahead of quarterly earnings, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) managers have made comments internally that the new Windows 8 operating system will be released on October 26. Windows remains the flagship product of the world’s largest software company, and earnings will be helped, or hurt, over the next four quarters, based on the acceptance of Windows 8.
The new product will not only be up against the success of its predecessors. More and more computing is done on portable devices–particularly tablets and smartphones. Windows has very little market share in either of these sectors.
The Windows Blog reports:
October 26th, 2012! That’s right! Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 – whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC – starting on October 26th. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. It’s on mine!
Douglas A. McIntyre