When will Microsoft christen Windows 8 as being "done"? At this point in the game, no one from Microsoft has stated this in any official capacity.
Mary Jo Foley
Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network.
Believe or not, folks, Microsoft execs still have not said when Windows 8 will be "done."
"Done," in this case, can mean either released to manufacturing or
made generally available -- your call. But in spite of any rumors you've
read, pundits to whom you've cleaved, or partners who claim to be in the
know, there's been no officially sanctioned word.
This isn't too surprising, given the increasingly secrecy-obsessed
Windows regime. But given most of the sources and contacts with whom I
converse believe Windows 8 to be very close to the finish line, it's
still somewhat interesting that no one from Microsoft has offered any
substantial guidance here.
There have been and continue to be additional private builds of
Windows 8 that go to a select few outside the company. But after the
Release Candidate -- which Microsoft made available at the end of May
2012 -- there are no more public test builds of Windows 8 scheduled
before the product is released to manufacturing (RTM).
Just today, one of my contacts told me that even though some
Microsoft watchers are reporting that the RTM Windows 8 build is "done,"
it's really not. The Windows team did "fork" Windows 8 today, this
source claimed. But that doesn't mean the latest build shared today is
the final build. There's still more work to do before Windows 8 goes
gold and RTM is "declared," this contact said.
One other insider-baseball thing to note: Whenever Microsoft
announces Windows 8 has RTM'd, the code may actually have been "done"
and left unchanged for a matter of weeks. Best I can tell, the RTM
"announce" is supposedly within a month, if sources can be believed.
This makes a lot of sense given the rest of the rumored Windows 8 launch
timeline (and Microsoft employees' propensity to disappear for much of
the August vacation month).