Microsoft is planning to launch its brand new Windows 8 operating system “around October,” Bloomberg said on Monday. The Redmond-based firm is planning to complete building the OS in April and hopes to have devices powered by both ARM and Intel chips on the market at the time of launch. Microsoft will reportedly have 40 Intel-powered devices and five different ARM-powered products when Windows 8 hits the market, including both tablets and full desktop computers. One analyst thinks Microsoft will miss its 2012 promised deadline if it doesn’t get products out the door in September or October.
“If they miss the September-October timeframe, they’re going to be stuck without being able to ship anything in 2012,” Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg said. “The last thing Microsoft wants to have is a situation where there are no compelling Windows tablets at a time when the new iPad looks like it’s going to be a good seller for the holidays.” The company is expected to host an event for its partners sometime in April, although a specific date was not named by Bloomberg. Microsoft recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which was downloaded more than 1 million times in 24 hours.