Microsoft picks October 26 for Windows 8 launch
101 days left to develop an explanation for Metro
Mark October 26th down in your diary: that's the day Microsoft has chosen to release Windows 8 into the wild.
Windows leader Steve Sinofsky revealed the release date at Microsoft's annual sales meeting today and Redmond quickly emitted an organic, engaging, and convincingly human blog post with the news and the image below to confirm the date.
Somewhat cunningly, there are exactly 101 days between July 19th (on which this story is being written) and the release date. One way to interpret the October 26th launch date is that 101 days will be required to develop a credible explanation for just how Metro, Windows 8's oft-pondered new interface, will improve the computing experience.
Our only other guesses at the significance of the day involve the fact it is Hilary Clinton's birthday and the day on which the Patriot Act became law. If Redmond is celebrating either, be afraid. ®
Nurse! —He's got out of bed again.
Ready for a sales flop then, MS?
Maybe Win8 is designed to boost sales of Win7 with fear that the better OS will be made unavailable after a short while?
Did you know it's trendy to have a preference for the previous release? At long last, I'm one of the cool guys! ;-)
Fast forward summer 2013 when Microsoft release SP1 for Win8 which includes the option to enable the traditional START menu. Why do we have to wait? You know you've got it wrong already, Microsoft!
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101 days is ample time to generate enough FUD, badwill and rumors through word of mouth for this to be an instant flop. I'm going to bring this down like I brought down Vista (well, maybe it wasn't just me).