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REPORT: Windows 8 Hits Milestone 2

By - Source: Neowin | B 29 comments

The latest build of Windows 8 is supposedly 6.2.7904.0.101216-1845, indicating that Microsoft is currently working to reach Milestone 3.

In a short-but-sweet report, Russian website winreview.ru-- translated by Windows 8 Beta-- claims that Windows 8 Milestone 2 has already been compiled. The next milestone is expected to be completed by the end of February 2011.

According to the report, Microsoft recently compiled the build of 6.2.79xx.0.winmain_win8m2.xxxxxx-xxxx (Milestone 2). This build follows Windows 7 Post-RTM (6.1.77xx.0.winmain.xxxxxx-xxxx) and Windows 8 Milestone 1 (6.2.78xx.0.winmain_win8m1.xxxxxx-xxxx). The report also indicates that build 6.2.7904.0.101216-1845 was just compiled on December 16, 2010, indicating that the company is currently pushing to complete Milestone 3.

The development of Windows 8 hasn't been a real big secret, however Microsoft has done a fine job in keeping the details under wraps. Naturally that hasn't stopped the press from passing rumors back and forth-- those which include cloud-based accounts and backups, a UI called "Wind" that allegedly creates a 3D desktop, a modular design that allows Microsoft to remove sections for tablet and smartphone use and more.

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is expected to present a keynote speech at CES 2011 the night of January 5, showcasing the company's consumer technologies. Microsoft is also expected to hold a press conference that afternoon prior to Ballmer's speech. The new OS is expected to be revealed at either event.

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    loomis86 , January 3, 2011 9:37 PM
    3D desktop?
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    loomis86 , January 3, 2011 9:39 PM
    I hope they mean it's like a perspective rendering, not that you need 3D glasses.
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    jerreece , January 3, 2011 9:47 PM
    LOL OMG Will Windows 8 have DX12 and desktop Tessellation? :) 
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    kelemvor4 , January 3, 2011 9:49 PM
    I bet the pierats are already running it...
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    SpadeM , January 3, 2011 9:54 PM
    WinFS or it isn't worth the purchase...
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    PhilFrisbie , January 3, 2011 10:03 PM
    Will Microsoft let us pass (on the) Wind? ;) 
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    Supertrek32 , January 3, 2011 10:06 PM
    kelemvor4I bet the pierats are already running it...

    If it was leaked I'm sure we would have heard about it already.
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    extremepcs , January 3, 2011 10:07 PM
    Bring back XP's ability to create a default user profile or we stick with XP. MS wonders why the education world has been slow to adopt Vista and 7.... this is one of the key reasons. When 10 random people share a single PC each day, they don't want the "out of box experience" when they log in (answer IE 8 questions, setup search provider, useless icons on the start menu and taskbar, etc...)
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    tonitelaoag , January 3, 2011 10:19 PM
    this is a clear example of driving consumers to spend again on there next os. stop spending your hard earned money on this, win7 will serve us for many many years to come just like winxp. this is good for newly purchase units. i hope i am not the only one not excited on its release.
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    joytech22 , January 3, 2011 10:25 PM
    I don't think Windows 8 is designed to replace Windows 7, maybe it's a "Lite" version of Windows 7 for mobile devices? It's much too soon to release a new OS.

    Even though I would buy a copy ASAP..
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    tu_illegalamigo , January 3, 2011 10:57 PM
    SpadeMWinFS or it isn't worth the purchase...


    +∞ for that one. Truly though I wish for something wild like XFS or BeFS, hah!
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    sykozis , January 3, 2011 11:05 PM
    Windows8 isn't supposed to be released until 2012/2013....
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    elcentral , January 3, 2011 11:54 PM
    well hope the cloude based crap is optional or ill haw to stay whit 7
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    dogman_1234 , January 4, 2011 12:56 AM
    If this is the new Microsoft OS, then it should be released about 2013-2014. I don't want to go 'to the cloud'. I am happy with any 2TB HDD and my 20 GB SSD. I can keep my own files.
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    zachary k , January 4, 2011 1:32 AM
    dogman_1234If this is the new Microsoft OS, then it should be released about 2013-2014. I don't want to go 'to the cloud'. I am happy with any 2TB HDD and my 20 GB SSD. I can keep my own files.

    don't be hating the cloud, local files are great, but there are some files i want to be everywhere, just log onto any computer anywhere and get my files, no extra nothing because its built into windows.
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    web11 , January 4, 2011 3:15 AM
    I just hope its not another vista like fiasco. Keep Windows fast and lean Microsoft!
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    razorblaze42 , January 4, 2011 4:39 AM
    I was kinda hoping windows 8 would be 128 bit OS, of course we'd need 128bits CPU... but that would get me excited...not this cloud crap.
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    dalta centauri , January 4, 2011 11:12 AM
    Hopefully they fine tune it and release it within 2012 with little problems or bugs. If it does end up being the OS for hand helds like tablets and netbooks then that's fine too. I just hope they don't make any mistakes releasing it so soon.
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    annymmo , January 4, 2011 12:20 PM
    joytech22I don't think Windows 8 is designed to replace Windows 7, maybe it's a "Lite" version of Windows 7 for mobile devices? It's much too soon to release a new OS.Even though I would buy a copy ASAP..


    It's called windows 8, not windows 7 new flavor light or something.

    Seriously how can anyone think such a dumb thing about it?
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    gogogadgetliver , January 4, 2011 2:34 PM
    extremepcsBring back XP's ability to create a default user profile or we stick with XP. MS wonders why the education world has been slow to adopt Vista and 7.... this is one of the key reasons. When 10 random people share a single PC each day, they don't want the "out of box experience" when they log in (answer IE 8 questions, setup search provider, useless icons on the start menu and taskbar, etc...)


    You need to learn how to administer your workstations sir. This can all be controlled via imaging, group policy, IEAK, etc.
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