Furthermore, according to the same sources, Microsoft's new OS will support both Intel and Arm processors from the get go. However, as much as 40 Intel devices will be supported in the initial rollout, compared to "fewer than five" ARM devices, Bloomberg reports.
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The company will likely host an event in April, in which it will reveal the release date and marketing details for Windows 8.
The October time frame is pretty much the last possible date for Microsoft if it wants tablet manufacturers to ship devices sporting Windows 8 in 2012. A recent report claimed Lenovo plans to launch a Windows 8-based tablet device as early as October 2012.
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From what we know, Windows 8 development is on schedule. In February, Microsoft released a Consumer Preview version of the OS; we had a chance to try it out, and it was quite polished -- and Microsoft still has plenty of time in 2012 to work on the details.
This story originally published on Mashable here.