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Rumor: Windows 8 Set for September Reveal

By - Source: Business Insider | B 54 comments

The Windows 8 talk has really been heating up over the last week or so and today brings speculation about a possible release date for the OS.

It’s been 18 months since Microsoft’s Windows 7 hit retailers’ shelves and if the latest reports are to be believed, the beta of the next version Windows will arrive in six month’s time. Microsoft has announced that the company’s annual Professional Developers Conference will kick off September 13 and run through to September 16.

Considering Microsoft debuted the first public beta of Windows 7 at PDC 2008, Business Insider is leading the way in speculating that PDC 2011 will include a demo of the first public beta of Windows 8.

If we’re to follow Microsoft’s Windows 7 release schedule, the PDC 2011 public beta of Windows 8 will give way to a fall 2012 shipping date for the completed version of the operating system.

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    Trialsking , April 13, 2011 9:13 PM
    I have a feeling that Win 7 will be the new XP when Win 8 hits...Vista anyone
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    memadmax , April 13, 2011 9:15 PM
    They will have to pull XP from my cold dead hands......
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    captaincharisma , April 13, 2011 9:16 PM
    from all the info i seen on windows 8 sounds like more of an update like windows 2000 to XP. never had any issues with vista. i'll skip this OS
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    edilee , April 13, 2011 9:17 PM
    People are not going to upgrade to Win8 with Win7 being so perfect unless they add tons of new and great features. From what I have seen here about Win8 and it's bubbles UI they need to scrap that and start over.
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    sykozis , April 13, 2011 9:25 PM
    If all of the rumors are true, Win8 may well be an early flop... Sorry, but I don't see people jumping on the "cloud computing" bandwagon all too quickly given the lack of security.
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    Agustus69 , April 13, 2011 9:30 PM
    As soon as I heard about the ribbons for everything in Windows 8, that was all I needed to know I don't want it.
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    Anonymous , April 13, 2011 9:36 PM
    I think this is a marketing strategy. They know how people clung to XP when Vista was released and they are trying to market Win7 with the release of Win8. Using what hurt them before to their advantage.=)
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    molo9000 , April 13, 2011 9:51 PM
    Wonder what the internal version number is going to be.

    Vista was 6, 7 was 6.1.
    Is Windows 8 going to be 6.2, 7 or 8 ?
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    kilo_17 , April 13, 2011 9:51 PM
    I think MS needs to stop rushing Windows 8, I think 7 is pretty nice.
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    ram1009 , April 13, 2011 9:52 PM
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    woffle , April 13, 2011 10:10 PM
    Windows 8 from the leaked shots appears to be just a greater build/addon to windows 7, vista was so shockingly bad partly since it was built on a new kernel etc. To me, 8 seems like win7 sp2, just a few more features and slight changes to the OS. Could be wrong (kinda hope i am since its a new OS rather than a SP).

    Will get a copy from MSDN and try it out, quite happy with win7 at the moment, cant see me needing to upgrade apart from a couple of niceties.
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    gerchokas , April 13, 2011 10:18 PM
    memadmaxThey will have to pull XP from my cold dead hands......


    edileePeople are not going to upgrade to Win8 with Win7 being so perfect unless they add tons of new and great features.

    They've been leaving the traditional desktop pc focus and aiming for Cloud computing and portable devices, so I dont think the next OS will really be a major improvement on perfomance and stability as Win7 is.
    Besides, the new office-like explorer interface sucks....
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    soundping , April 13, 2011 10:25 PM
    Win8 is looking more like a Vista debacle.
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    zorky9 , April 13, 2011 10:32 PM
    Maybe it's not really an upgrade but an OS optimized for niche machines - tablets and ultraportables.
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    K2N hater , April 13, 2011 10:53 PM
    memadmaxThey will have to pull XP from my cold dead hands......

    kilo_17I think MS needs to stop rushing Windows 8, I think 7 is pretty nice.

    MS has been playing Apple for a while now. They want you to buy a new PC every year as your not-so-old PC isn't qualified to run their latest, fastest, most stable, most secure and most exciting OS.
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    iam2thecrowe , April 13, 2011 10:58 PM
    im still happy with xp. the only thing its missing for me is dx11. was gonna go to 7 later in the year, but ill give this beta a shot first maybe, just to see how it pans out.
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    bustapr , April 13, 2011 11:00 PM
    I think their rushing it a bit. Win7 has the potential to be like XP, a durable long lasting solid OS. Im not making the move, since Im pretty darn happy with Win7. Especially with the success of Win7.
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    rzr09 , April 13, 2011 11:20 PM
    what!? already? im happy with 7 so its going to take ALOT to make me change
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    _Cubase_ , April 13, 2011 11:32 PM
    To all you XP purists: Go suck a 32-bit lemon, and come back when you're ready to join the big leagues.
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    LuckyDucky7 , April 13, 2011 11:35 PM
    I think it should cost 30 bucks for an upgrade version (40 bucks is the maximum I would pay, and $80-$100 for a new copy.). Students should get it free through The Ultimate Steal.

    Also, there should be one and only one version- just "Windows 8" with all the features of Ultimate. None of this "Home Premium (since it's all but premium), Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate" segmentation. Just "Windows 8".

    And, it's going to be Windows 6.2.over7601.
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