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Roadmap May Reveal Windows 8 Date

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Will Microsoft release Windows 8 in 2012?

With Windows 7 poised like a racehorse huffing at the start gate, it's hard to imagine plans for the next version. However, if a leaked roadmap from the Italian Microsoft subsidiary is correct, consumers may see Windows 8 sometimes around 2012. Granted it's easy to doctor a roadmap image using Photoshop and whatnot, a new OS three years from now certainly isn't unlikely.

This blog points out the tilda next to the date, indicating that Microsoft isn't exactly locked on a 2012 deadline, giving the company some breathing room. "That tilda keeps things nice 'n loose for Microsoft's public deadline, but if Windows 7's development is exemplary of how future versions of Windows are to be developed, (2nd half of) 2012 could be considered a worst-case scenario for the delivery of Windows 8 Server," the blog reads.

As pointed out by PC Games Hardware, Microsoft's chief of development Steven Sinofsky introduced a method of planning conservative release dates with Windows 7 to prevent another Windows Vista scenario. With that said, Microsoft may internally target an earlier release date with Windows 8.

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    jj463rd , August 8, 2009 2:41 AM
    So does that mean that somewhere around the year 2273 A.D. we will see Windows 95 again.
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    maigo , August 8, 2009 12:49 AM
    Pure 64bit?
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    V3NOM , August 8, 2009 1:38 AM
    maigoPure 64bit?

    please.
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    maigo , August 8, 2009 12:49 AM
    Pure 64bit?
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    tipoo , August 8, 2009 1:02 AM
    I wonder if they will break the good-bad-good-bad release cycle.
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    Chipi , August 8, 2009 1:13 AM
    It seems that M$ is using the intel Tick-Tock strategy.
    Windows 2000 (5.0) -> Windows XP (5.1)
    Windows Vista (6.0) -> Windows 7 (6.1)
    And the actual ver.7 will be dubbed Windows 8 :D 
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    V3NOM , August 8, 2009 1:38 AM
    maigoPure 64bit?

    please.
  • 22 Hide
    fuser , August 8, 2009 2:04 AM
    Code Name "Windows 8"? Where did they come up with that crazy name?
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    doomtomb , August 8, 2009 2:23 AM
    But will it be another iteration of Vista? No offense to 7, I like it but are they going to do something new in 8?
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    WheelsOfConfusion , August 8, 2009 2:32 AM
    fuserCode Name "Windows 8"? Where did they come up with that crazy name?

    It's an engram left by body thetans!
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    jj463rd , August 8, 2009 2:41 AM
    So does that mean that somewhere around the year 2273 A.D. we will see Windows 95 again.
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    rambo117 , August 8, 2009 2:44 AM
    tipooI wonder if they will break the good-bad-good-bad release cycle.

    haha, was just thinkin the same thing.. looks like we may be hangin onto 7 for a bit longer than three years *gulp*
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    AMDnoob , August 8, 2009 3:09 AM
    god, how can you buy windows 7 when you can see windows 8 around the corner. OS's are tough, although i guess the entire computer industry is tough on consumers wanting the most. Every month the bar gets set higher, and higher, and higher. It's killin me!
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    hakesterman , August 8, 2009 3:29 AM
    At this point who really Cares.

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    V3NOM , August 8, 2009 3:31 AM
    hakestermanAt this point who really Cares.

    Well if you followed that mindset you would still be using a Pentium and 4MB graphics card...
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    bourgeoisdude , August 8, 2009 5:02 AM
    But will it play Crysis? :) 
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    radiowars , August 8, 2009 8:06 AM
    Can't really feel that excited until you see some features, lol. Kinda was expected already.
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    sot010174 , August 8, 2009 10:33 AM
    LOL... here comes Vista 2 or WinMe 3.

    Just kidding...
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    2shea , August 8, 2009 10:41 AM
    jj463rdSo does that mean that somewhere around the year 2273 A.D. we will see Windows 95 again.

    we probably won't see it ;) 
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    mikeyman2171 , August 8, 2009 11:00 AM
    Maigo I think the good-bad-good cycle is just Microsofts version of intels tick-tock cycle so we are just going to have to live with it until they get it right. I just hope this next release is pure 64bit and adds in WinFS as well as a better network stack.
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    cryogenic , August 8, 2009 11:34 AM
    maigoPure 64bit?


    What do you mean "pure" ? A 64 bit version without WoW (Windows on Windows, the 32 bit layer)?

    That's seems pretty stupid to me.

    I'd hate it if my 32 bit apps would stop running all of a sudden ...



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    mikeyman2171 , August 8, 2009 12:03 PM
    Exactly what I mean, Its about time to pull the plug on the whole WoW thing. There is no need to keep dragging out the legacy software/hardware anymore its just holding back progress. Why would a company invest in the development of 64bit software or hardware that can take advantage of the address space if they can just sit back and ride the 32bit train for the next few years. I totally understand not wanting to have to buy new software due to a jump from 32 to 64 bit. This actually has been addressed in the gaming community with some software receiving 64bit executables after their release taking them from 32 to 64bit so if it can be done there it can be done with any other app as well. If that fails I am sure some smart guys will develop an emulator like they have for dos.
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    we_are_theBorg , August 8, 2009 12:55 PM
    I still see corporate clients with Windows 2000 Server machines slogging away after nearly a decade with solid, stable operation and the same driver model as XP... XP was to 2000 as Win '98 was to Win 95 SR2 roots... As for me? I'm sticking with XP x64 until Windows 7 has enough users that the first generation of drivers get the kinks worked out... Then... I'm all about it...
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