As the weeks go by, we continue to learn more about the next major Windows release, Windows 8. We know, for example, that Windows 8 will integrate Xbox Live support, and that the new Start screen will look a lot like Windows Phone Live Tiles. It will run on regular desktops and tablets, and there will be versions for ARM processors. But one thing we don't know is exactly when it will ship. That's okay, because Microsoft Corporate VP Dan'l Lewin implied you can figure out if you do the math.
Speaking at the start-up LAUNCH event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus, TechRadar quotes Lewin as saying "if you look at the cyrstal ball and just say what happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking timelines will be and just speculate -- we've made the point about having a developer conference later this year, and then typically we enter a beta phase, and then in 12 months we're in the market, so let's make that assumption."
This year's Professional Developers Conference (now called Build) is scheduled to take place September 13. If the first Windows 8 beta follows not long after, you can expect the final version to ship in autumn 2012, based on the hints Lewin dropped.
Lewin's implied release date jibes with comments made by Windows President Steven Sinofsky, who said that releasing a new version of Windows "every two or three years is good," according to CNet. Microsoft launched Windows 7 in October 2009, and since it doesn't appear Windows 8 will be ready this fall, that makes an autumn 2012 release date seem all the more likely.