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Microsoft Now Recruiting for Windows 8

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 55 comments

A recent job opening at Microsoft indicates that the company is gearing up for Windows 8.

CodenameWindows discovered that Microsoft was recruiting new software engineers for Windows 8. The job listing, originally listed here, now shows that the job is no longer available. However, it revealed that Microsoft sought out new recruits for the planning and preparation of the Windows Update Client for Windows 8.

"We just finished up work on Windows 7, and are pushing forth on Windows 8 planning and preparation," the description read. "There are opportunities to work on a number of hard problems, including third-party application updating, updating virtual machines while they’re turned off (turns out this is pretty hard!), and delivering full applications, among others."

Just to provide an idea what Microsoft was looking for, the job required five years of industry experience, and a BS or greater in Computer Science or related technical fields. Obviously, the job listing indicates that Microsoft may be gearing up to develop Windows 8 despite version 7 just now hitting store shelves last month. It's unknown when the job was filled, or if Microsoft will post other Windows 8-related listings.

Keep an eye out for additional Windows 8 nuggets, possibly in the coming weeks as news of the job listing gets passed around the tech sites.

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    apache_lives , November 13, 2009 10:30 PM
    64-bit only please, for got sake.
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    The_Blood_Raven , November 13, 2009 10:46 PM
    apache_lives64-bit only please, for got sake.


    amen!
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    Honis , November 13, 2009 11:49 PM
    I doubt 8 will have a 128bit version. The only application for such a high memory bandwidth would be in the server sector which I would expect in Windows Server 2012 (the windows that will divide by zero and end the world).
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  • 30 Hide
    apache_lives , November 13, 2009 10:30 PM
    64-bit only please, for got sake.
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    agnickolov , November 13, 2009 10:37 PM
    Quote:
    Obviously, the job listing indicates that Microsoft may be gearing up to develop Windows 8 despite version 7 just now hitting store shelves last month.


    That should read because of course - the old version is done so the majority of the team moves to the next version. In fact, this team migration has probably started a while ago...
  • 23 Hide
    The_Blood_Raven , November 13, 2009 10:46 PM
    apache_lives64-bit only please, for got sake.


    amen!
  • 6 Hide
    greenbuck , November 13, 2009 11:15 PM
    Cool, I guess they better start working on it. They only have four years.
  • 3 Hide
    Onyx2291 , November 13, 2009 11:22 PM
    Takes a long time to develop an OS. Of course they're gonna start now. A majority moves on to the next thing. Others will update 7 until 8 comes out. Same with anything else. Car manufacturers crank out new models every year.
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    sciencectn , November 13, 2009 11:24 PM
    Why don't they give it a cool name, instead of just a number?
  • 6 Hide
    Geibys , November 13, 2009 11:35 PM
    yangwow this is getting ridiculous, I hate constantly having to change my OS. Please just let me live a while with windows 7.


    Its not like they force you to update
  • 5 Hide
    Netherscourge , November 13, 2009 11:37 PM
    Why not jump to 128-bit? It'll give CPU maufacturers something new to aim for.
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    kc5sym , November 13, 2009 11:43 PM
    Hopefully there will be a 128bit version, and am sure AMD will be the 1st out with a 128bit cpu just like they were with the 64bit.
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    Honis , November 13, 2009 11:49 PM
    I doubt 8 will have a 128bit version. The only application for such a high memory bandwidth would be in the server sector which I would expect in Windows Server 2012 (the windows that will divide by zero and end the world).
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    cheepstuff , November 13, 2009 11:53 PM
    NetherscourgeWhy not jump to 128-bit? It'll give CPU maufacturers something new to aim for.


    we are many years (even several decades) away from needing a 128-bit OS. the only applications of such software today is in supercomputers. an OS like that will only give home computers a loss of performance due to an increase of instruction size. realize that a jump from 32 bit to 64 bit is nothing like 64 to 128.

    by the way, a 32bit OS can take a maximum of 3.3 gigs of ram and a 64 bit takes a maximum of 16.8 million terabytes (16 exabytes). because the motherboard RAM limit is currently 12 gigs, i don't think microsoft is planning to release a PC 128bit OS any time soon.
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    descendency , November 14, 2009 12:09 AM
    I think they want to get back to the normal windows development cycle instead of the one they had between vista and xp.
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    tipoo , November 14, 2009 12:13 AM
    NetherscourgeWhy not jump to 128-bit? It'll give CPU maufacturers something new to aim for.


    Windows 7 cant use all of the theoretical maximum RAM 64-bit can address. There is still lots (and I mean LOTS) of headroom, why make a jump so prematurely? Lets let 64-bit become standard first.
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    knowom , November 14, 2009 12:27 AM
    128 bit would be useful for DAW's a higher bit rate means more headroom, but a 128 bit CPU and OS probably won't come for quite awhile seeing as 64 bit is really just now transitioning into mainstream acceptance
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    matt2k , November 14, 2009 12:29 AM
    do they accept physicists? i wanna rail gun with my next windows
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    Abrahm , November 14, 2009 12:31 AM
    There was already an article linking to comments made by a Windows developer about him working on 128bit parts of Windows 8. 128 bit is a good possibility for Windows 8.
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    jn77 , November 14, 2009 12:46 AM
    Honestly I think we will hit 128 bit hardware sooner than people think, and you do not need to max out a few terabytes of ram to take advantage of 128bit computing power.
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    mrmez , November 14, 2009 12:58 AM
    So much faith in W7 they are already planning its successor?
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