Windows 8 Release Tied to Internet Explorer 10 Release

Microsoft's Windows 8 Release Candidate -- the early release of its new operating system that succeeds the beta version and precedes its commercial release -- might be released sooner than originally thought, but it may be holding back the release of Internet Explorer 10.

The latest rumors about the Windows 8 Release candidate come from reputable sources within Microsoft's network of business partners. Both The Next Web and ZDNet have not received information about specific release dates for Internet Explorer 10 or Windows 8, but both blogs say that Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 are likely to be delivered in the middle of 2012.

Microsoft appears to have the Internet Explorer 10 release dates planned as "generally available" and as a "historical release cadence" in the middle of 2012 says TNW editor and reporter Alex Wilhelm, referencing charts provided by an inside source to ZDNet. Wilhelm suspects that the Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 release dates are inherently linked because he believes it would otherwise "lead to a buggy, and rather stifling experience" if both weren't ready for heavy use.

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