You’ll soon see that this is not based on any inside information … so make of it what you want.
We all know that Mary-Jo Foley reported a little while ago that Windows 8 could RTM as soon as April 2012. I have 2 reasons to think that she might not be far off.
The first is a little bit more sensible than the second.
The Build conference is being held earlier than PDC used to be. That makes me think that we’re working on a schedule with earlier milestones. RTM for Windows 7 was early Summer with launches later in the year. So maybe we’ll see a Windows 8 RTM in Spring with launches in the summer time frame?
Microsoft is Superstitious
Yes, a 100,000 employee corporate giant is afraid of the number 13. Was there an Office 13? Was there an Exchange 13? No; they skipped a version number and went from 12 to 14 (“Wave 15” is on the way).
Microsoft’s financial years are from July to June. For example, Microsoft is currently in financial year 2012. Come July 2012, Microsoft will be in financial year 2013. They name their products like EA Sports. If Microsoft releases Windows Server “8” in June, it could be called Windows Server 2012. But come July, it’ll more likely (not necessarily) be called Windows Server 2013.
Remember that they hate black cats, walking under ladders, spilling salt (or is it throwing it?), and the number 13. I bet the next version of Server is called Windows Server 2012 … and therefore they will aim to RTM it before July of 2012. Launches will probably be in September … that’s because MSFT is a mess in July with FY planning, and everyone is away on vacation in August.
That’s my 2 cents, not exactly based on science