Many Microsoft Windows 8 devices flourished during COMPUTEX, but still many is focusing on its final launching on the market. According to branded PC vendors rumor revealed that Microsoft is likely to launch or scheduled the General Availability Day (GA Day) on October 22, which means at that time all brands of Notebooks, Tablets and other forms of computing devices will also be sold at the same time that carrying Windows 8, to boost holiday shopping spree at the end of year.
While Wintel camp's biggest rival, Apple held world wide developer conference (WWDC) this week to introduce "iOS 6" and its new features, which large billboards of "iOS" hanging outside the exhibition hall. Moreover, Apple is rumored to release MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, which both are powered by latest Mountain Lion operating system. iPhone 5 is totally absent for discussion and focus.
Traditional PC companies treated the Windows 8 as the heaviest offensive weapon, where Acer, Asus, and other enterprises all showed Windows 8 devices during the COMPUTEX, which set its feet on solid ground concurred by Microsoft OEM Vice President Steven Guggenheimer, after his keynote speech saying Microsoft will definitely launch Windows 8 as schedule, also mentioned about the Windows 8 licensing costs.
However, according to the supply chain, Microsoft has selected October 22 as GA Day, which also coincide with the same time when Microsoft launched Windows 7 in 2009, where consumers can purchase Windows 8 operating system in boxed version. It took five months for Windows 7 RC version to GA, now Microsoft is following the progress of the past for Windows 8.
Apple is expected to launch new Macbooks in WWDC, which will use retinal display panel as its main feature, available on July. This put many Wintel partners in tremendous pressure as they must also put on sales its Windows 8 products in 4 months time, regardless the new products sales and marketing strategy, plus Windows 8 added multiple ouch control functions, must not fall behind Apple for over a quarter. Furthermore, Microsoft authorized fee quote for OEM is rather high, which continue to discuss over the licensing fee to second half of the year.
In addition, in order for Microsoft to expand the Windows 8 biosphere, the cooperation with partners will also be adjusted. It is understood that a number to new applications Microsoft has introduced, encouraging PC system manufacturers to preload Win8 operating system, which the Microsoft Win8 app store will open up the partners share profits, while consumers can download the drivers of branded PC in a recommended procedures, will certainly get the extra profit and pump into the industry as the ecosystem is growing.
Reported by Webb Wei