Many folks are asking – “when will Drupal 8 be ready?”
This an interesting question, but understanding who is asking the question is important to knowing the answer.
Open source platforms like Drupal are very different than a product like Microsoft Office. While Office will (hopefully) release one refined version and then only offer minor patches, open source projects like Drupal are built and refined over time. This means that the launch date is far less important than the date where we can feel comfortable that the platform is both stable and that developing will be cost effective.