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Windows 8 by 2012 as Shown on Microsoft Slide

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 42 comments

Will Windows 8 be here before the end of the world?

Windows 7 is the fresh face of Microsoft right now (aside from Steve Ballmer, who also has quite the face), but it seems that the reign of the latest Windows won't last much longer than just a few years.

According to Windows Roadmap slides found by Msftkitchen at PDC 2009, the next major release of Windows is due in 2012.

As can be seen in the slide below, listed under "~2012" is "Major Release" for "Code Name 'Windows 8'".

Of course, the fact that there will be a version of Windows after the current one shouldn't be surprising, but this marks the first time that Microsoft has laid out an approximate time frame of when we might see it.

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    chinesemafia69 , November 23, 2009 8:51 PM
    lol who actually thinks the worlds is coming to an end at 2012...seriosuly
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    coonday , November 23, 2009 9:01 PM
    I always thought Apple would be the ones responsible for the end of the world.
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    commandersozo , November 23, 2009 8:53 PM
    Well, now we know how the world will end. Lol!
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    holy , November 23, 2009 8:42 PM
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    the first time that Microsoft has laid out an approximate time frame

    About that:
    http://msftkitchen.com/2009/08/windows-8-server-due-2012.html
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    chinesemafia69 , November 23, 2009 8:51 PM
    lol who actually thinks the worlds is coming to an end at 2012...seriosuly
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    commandersozo , November 23, 2009 8:53 PM
    Well, now we know how the world will end. Lol!
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    coonday , November 23, 2009 9:01 PM
    I always thought Apple would be the ones responsible for the end of the world.
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    Impulse Fire911 , November 23, 2009 9:11 PM
    ^^^^^ yeah, the competition will be so fierce that mac will just bribe the governments with free itunes music and get nukes
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    dro524 , November 23, 2009 9:27 PM
    windows 7 will be abandoned right as I install it, lol
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    jarnail24 , November 23, 2009 9:42 PM
    Hey if you think the world will end I'll buy all your stuff for a dollar since you'll be dead anyway and you won't need it right?
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    omnimodis78 , November 23, 2009 10:00 PM
    holyAbout that:http://msftkitchen.com/2009/08/win [...] -2012.html

    Haha I was thinking that too right when I read that sentence! I remembered seeing this very same diagram a few months back, so I was a little surprised that Tom's would run this story like it was a big announcement made today by MS. Sheesh!
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    Drag0nR1der , November 23, 2009 10:02 PM
    So, a few months after Mr Ballmer says in an interview that they are looking at a 3 ywar period between windows 7 and 8, it appears on a slide, shockingly, scheduled for 2012, 3 years after the windows 7 release... sooo... no plans have changed, all is carrying on as we've been told... what's next? "Today we learnt that water is still wet, ice cream melts whilst you eat try and eat it, and that Adam Sandler is still annoying as hell." y Msftkitchen could have saved a lot of bother by, you know, just looking at the same news as we all do.
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    Honis , November 23, 2009 10:21 PM
    Read the first commentators article. This is a server edition not a desktop edition. Considering the last server edition was released in 2008 and they release a new one every 3-4 years this is right on par with the Standard Microsoft release schedule.
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    gorehound , November 23, 2009 10:34 PM
    i was sticking with my XP SP3 till next year sometime.Sounds like it might not be worth loading up win 7 and seeing it works with all the software i use.by the time that is running and running for not a long time this new windows will just come right out.
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    warezme , November 23, 2009 10:51 PM
    Code name Maya, the last version of windows you will need.
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    wildwell , November 23, 2009 11:00 PM
    Yeah, I've been hearing about Win 8 for a few weeks too. You see, it was, "My idea." :) 
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    ptroen , November 23, 2009 11:09 PM
    So will DirectX 12 only run on Windows 8????
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    Onyx2291 , November 23, 2009 11:11 PM
    Time to think about the next gen of OS!
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    Gin Fushicho , November 23, 2009 11:24 PM
    Even Microsoft is ready to die when the time comes! But die with lots and LOTS of money! =D


    But seriously... just because the planets align with the Milky way does not mean we die.
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    okibrian , November 23, 2009 11:43 PM
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    As can be seen in the slide below, listed under "~2010" is "Major Release" for "Code Name 'Windows 8'".

    Dude, it's 2012 not 2010.
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    cryogenic , November 23, 2009 11:54 PM
    warezmeCode name Maya, the last version of windows you will need.


    Why would you ever need a "last" version of windows, until 2012 lot's of things will change, new hardware, more cloud computing, more web services, tons of new devices (think Natal) ...

    You don't have to upgrade Windows every cycle, but that doesn't mean there won't be new things for Microsoft to add to the OS.
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    njkid3 , November 24, 2009 12:12 AM
    im glad to see microsoft taking the initiative in progressing and bettering their product
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    stm1185 , November 24, 2009 12:59 AM
    That release timing is great for me, Summer 08 built Vista PC, Summer 2010 Windows 7 PC, Summer 2012 Windows 8 PC... nice.

    I wonder what Apple will be releasing around that time, will Steve Jobs be gone and OSX available for all x86 based hardware...
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