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Microsoft Hints To An August 2012 Win 8 Launch

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Microsoft said that it would reveal more about Windows 8 in September, but it didn't give anything away about when customers would start using the new OS. However, Microsoft Corporate VP Dan'l Lewin gave hints at a start-up LAUNCH event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus that Windows 8 could be on target for a Fall 2012 release.

TechRadar quoted Lewin saying: "we will be in market - if you look at the crystal ball and just say what happened in the past is a reasonable indicator of what our forward looking timelines will be and just speculate - we've made the point about having a developer conference later this year, and then typically we enter a beta phase, and then in 12 months we're in the market, so let's make that assumption."

Microsoft will be holding its BUILD conference this year September 13 to 16 in Anaheim.

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    flightmare , June 17, 2011 10:54 AM
    I still think it will be a December 21st launch.
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    Pyree , June 17, 2011 11:46 AM
    Let see if this version of window will persuade my university to change its standard environment from the ancient window 2000 pro and window xp pro 32bit.
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    Mastervivi10 , June 17, 2011 12:00 PM
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    I still think it will be a December 21st launch.


    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
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    nebun , June 17, 2011 12:25 PM
    i will run win7 for a long, long, long time....i don't see the reason to upgrade at this time....the present OS has everything someone could ask for, or for that matter even use
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    nebun , June 17, 2011 12:26 PM
    flightmareI still think it will be a December 21st launch.

    they better do it before that day....the world is said to end on the 21st, lol
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    dfusco , June 17, 2011 12:43 PM
    Okay, so 2013 it is.
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    alidan , June 17, 2011 1:36 PM
    nebuni will run win7 for a long, long, long time....i don't see the reason to upgrade at this time....the present OS has everything someone could ask for, or for that matter even use


    i hate the 7iu, and xp does damn near everything else but dx10 and 11 though i have an 11 card.
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    jgiron , June 17, 2011 1:42 PM
    I think Windows 8 in conjunction with Kinect would be awesome and big screen TV

    http://www.shacknews.com/article/68940/kinect-windows-sdk-now-available
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    back_by_demand , June 17, 2011 1:56 PM
    nebuni will run Windows 95 for a long, long, long time....i don't see the reason to upgrade at this time....the present OS has everything someone could ask for, or for that matter even use

    Fixed that for ya!
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    ares1214 , June 17, 2011 2:19 PM
    From what Ive seen, ill be sticking with Windows 7. Microsoft needs to be looking to Android, Ubuntu, and even OSX for ideas and changes, not their half baked smart phone UI. We dont want tiles. We want screens to be uncluttered, and be able to acess everything we need quickly.
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    footsoldier , June 17, 2011 3:19 PM
    you guys should know, m$ is so superstitious..they avoid the number "13" (office 14) and love the number "7" (windows 7). So, what i think is, they're scared of 21st december, and therefore want to rush their win8 for their last $$$$$$$$ to come...
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    reggieray , June 17, 2011 3:48 PM
    Really, then get back to us in about a freaking year, OK!
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    dread_cthulhu , June 17, 2011 3:49 PM
    footsoldieryou guys should know, m$ is so superstitious..they avoid the number "13" (office 14) and love the number "7" (windows 7). So, what i think is, they're scared of 21st december, and therefore want to rush their win8 for their last $$$$$$$$ to come...


    LOL
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    back_by_demand , June 17, 2011 4:10 PM
    People have such short memories, there is always a hardcore of people who say they will never upgrade from the previous version of Windows, even though there are obvious benefits once the new version has been released.

    Windows 7, people say XP gives everything they want?
    How about native DVD playback, drag and drop DVD burning, homegroup, remote streaming.
    Before you say "well XP can do that" - no it doesn't, the additional prgrams you have installed do that, which unless you are a frequent flyer on dodgy torrent sites will cost extra money, certainly more than the cost of upgrading to Windows 7 where all that stuff is included at the start and doesn't add to the bloat of installing all that extra crap.
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    thekitty , June 17, 2011 4:54 PM
    If they do not suppiort the current Visual Studio 2010 tools then you're looking at an "app fail". MS has developed strong developer tools and documentation over the decades and the portability of .NET 4 to ARM shows MS can be chip agnostic. But if you must program Win8 with Javascript, then one might as well learn Apple's version of C rather than switch from C# to Javascript. Follow the money.
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    Anonymous , June 17, 2011 5:06 PM
    >> If they do not suppiort the current Visual Studio 2010 tools then you're looking at an "app fail".

    Where are you getting the notion it will not support VS2010??
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    figgus , June 17, 2011 5:35 PM
    back_by_demandPeople have such short memories, there is always a hardcore of people who say they will never upgrade from the previous version of Windows, even though there are obvious benefits once the new version has been released.Windows 7, people say XP gives everything they want?How about native DVD playback, drag and drop DVD burning, homegroup, remote streaming.Before you say "well XP can do that" - no it doesn't, the additional prgrams you have installed do that, which unless you are a frequent flyer on dodgy torrent sites will cost extra money, certainly more than the cost of upgrading to Windows 7 where all that stuff is included at the start and doesn't add to the bloat of installing all that extra crap.


    Most people who want to do those things on XP have already purchased those add on programs and are using them now. How would a frivolous upgrade save them money, again?

    If you don't have a need for DX11 graphics or more than 4 GB of RAM, XP still works just fine.
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    proxy711 , June 17, 2011 5:55 PM
    nebuni will run win7 for a long, long, long time....i don't see the reason to upgrade at this time....the present OS has everything someone could ask for, or for that matter even use

    Ya I'm confused as to why they thought coming out with a new OS so early would be a good idea.

    I was a die hard XP user until i saw just how good Win7 was(and how awful support for xp 64 pro was and how bad it ran after i upgraded ram).

    Until something ground breaking is released in a new OS i don't see any reason to upgrade to a new OS any time soon. DX12 included, unless it becomes the new dx9.
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    drwho1 , June 17, 2011 6:03 PM
    I said it before, I will skip windows8 the same way that I skipped vista and windows Me... and for the same reason.
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    dread_cthulhu , June 17, 2011 6:40 PM
    figgusMost people who want to do those things on XP have already purchased those add on programs and are using them now. How would a frivolous upgrade save them money, again?If you don't have a need for DX11 graphics or more than 4 GB of RAM, XP still works just fine.


    Well... honestly the upgrade's not so frivolous when you take into consideration that XP is reaching EOL, new software is ceasing to support it, and a large portion of XP systems are aging to the point of obsolescence. So yeah... People probably should just get the software, but folks looking for XP machines these days need to steer towards 7.
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