Microsoft plans to finish up Windows 8 this summer, in time to launch it in October, according to a Bloomberg report on Monday.
The wire also reported that under five Windows on ARM devices will join the rollout, with more than forty Intel machines.
Microsoft has not announced a ship date for Windows 8, but the reported timeframe would completely be in keeping with Microsoft's previous Windows 7 roadmap. Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on on July 21, 2009, and Microsoft began shipping Windows 7 on Oct. 22, 2009.
As Bloomberg points out, the proposed ship dates would align Microsoft with a schedule that would allow OEMs to ship new Windows 8 machines by Christmas. A key portion of that would include the new Windows-on-ARM tablets, sure to be one of the more heavily scrutinized products this holiday season. Nokia has already indicated that it intends to be one of the first to ship a Windows 8 tablet - and, the report indicated, that tablet would ship in the fourth quarter at the earliest.