Microsoft expanded the information available about their Windows 8 product line during their WPC event. Windows 8 is expected to reach the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) milestone sometime on the first week of August. The final General Availability (GA) milestone will be at the end of October. This means that now we have officially confirmed not only the date for Windows 8’s release but also confirmed that Windows 8 RT Surface tablets by Microsoft will be released within the same time frame. This is nothing new if you wanted to believe the rumors, but now they are finally confirmed. Also this settles the time frame for the release date of Windows 8 Surface tablets running the more powerful Ivy Bridge processors.
In addition to these announcements, one clarification stood out where Microsoft confirmed the option to setup Windows 8 on a thumb-drive. Microsoft demoed earlier today the ability to use an old computer running Windows 7 by booting from a 32Gb thumb-drive where the settings would be stored within the thumb-drive itself and the ability to “carry your computer in your pocket”. This is especially useful for corporations where users can bring their computers’ settings into a conference room desktop and have that desktop act just like their own desktop without much work needed or for corporations using floating cubicles where anyone can use any computer while still retaining their settings and/or being able to bring their settings from other corporate locations without affecting or requiring additional help.