One of the sources has claimed that Windows 8 on ARM (or Windows 8 ARM Edition as we call it) should be seeded to developers in February 2012, adding that the latest compiled Windows 8 build is more than stable enough for ARM-based devices. We believe this news coincides with our recent report that the operating system has entered its final "Pre-Beta" stage and was scheduled to be demonstrated at an internal Microsoft Preview on Monday, January 30th, which is probably where this anonymous source is reporting from.
"We haven't heard this directly from Microsoft, but we've heard this from the hardware partners that [Microsoft] is working with. We've been promised something in the February time frame," the person said.
Economically speaking, Windows on ARM is expected to be one of the most cost-efficient patforms available in 2012. Several sources have already reported from CES earlier this month that top-tier PC suppliers will be releasing ARM and Intel-based devices with near-identical specs save for their underlying architectures, and that the ARM models will be priced hundreds of dollars less than their Intel counterparts. We have no problem accepting this speculation, seeing that Microsoft's "Windows on ARM" announcement last year during CES 2011 was probably one of the most significant industry announcements to define the next decade.