http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft...tm-in-april-2012/9823?tag=mantle_skin;content "Last I heard, Microsofts goal with Windows 8 was to release to manufacturing (RTM) its next Windows release around Q2/Q3 2012, after two beta releases, plus various preview/RC drops. Id also heard that the plan was to RTM Windows 8 for x86, Windows 8 for ARM/SoC (system on a chip) and Windows 8 Server all at the same time. Im now hearing theres a different timetable for Windows 8. Ive received new information from a trusted source that Microsoft is actually on track to release to manufacturing all Windows 8 versions by April 2012." Ive also heard from my contact that Microsofts game plan is to deliver a beta build not a pre-beta or preview of Windows 8 around the time of the Build conference in mid-September. This allegedly will be the one and only Windows 8 beta, my contact said. In January 2012 or thereabouts, Microsoft will deliver a final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows 8, my source said. (Im now thinking that January release is the one that leaked a while back from Dell.) And the next and final milestone after RC will be RTM."