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Windows 8 Release Target Accidentally Leaked

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Windows 7 might only have two years of newness left.

After Windows 7, the expected next evolution will be Windows 8. While Microsoft has confirmed that it is working on the next-generation of Windows, it hasn't said anything about release date. Speculation put it into sometime in 2012, but Redmond isn't confirming.

Interestingly enough, the Microsoft blog in the Netherlands had a rather interesting post talking about the upcoming release schedule of Microsoft products. Windows8beta.com ran it through a translator and this is what it read:

The phasing out of Windows XP, Microsoft is nearing completion. In July 2010, the support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 stops. Today Microsoft will stop selling Windows XP to PC manufacturers and the aftermarket sales of Windows Vista. For Windows 7, Microsoft Service Pack 1. This service pack is still in the testing phase and is expected in the first half of next year available. The first update of Windows 7 is the new version of Windows Live Essentials (explore.live.com) became available in mid-June. Furthermore, Microsoft is of course the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years before "Windows 8 ‘on the market. The latest news about Windows is available at www.windows.nl / blog.

So according to that, if you're waiting for Windows 8 before making the move from your Windows XP install, you'll be waiting "about two years" before it'll be on the market.

Predictably, Microsoft took down the blog post and changed it to mention only Windows 7 SP1 and the new Windows Live Essentials that was released during the summer.

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    cryogenic , October 25, 2010 9:15 PM
    Microsoft releasing a new windows OS sometimes in the future ... go figure!
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    jellico , October 25, 2010 9:10 PM
    I just saw this on Networkworld.com. Considering that Microsoft almost never makes their target dates (especially this far out), I wouldn't be surprised to hear that it would be moved way back. Windows 7 is a great performer and will serve people well for a long time to come. It would be to Microsoft's benefit to really take their time on Windows 8 so as not to end up putting out another Vista.
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    cracatoa , October 25, 2010 9:18 PM
    Windows 7 is too damn good for a quick replacement. I hope they delay it until it is actually necessary and comes with some drastic changes.
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    jellico , October 25, 2010 9:10 PM
    I just saw this on Networkworld.com. Considering that Microsoft almost never makes their target dates (especially this far out), I wouldn't be surprised to hear that it would be moved way back. Windows 7 is a great performer and will serve people well for a long time to come. It would be to Microsoft's benefit to really take their time on Windows 8 so as not to end up putting out another Vista.
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    cryogenic , October 25, 2010 9:15 PM
    Microsoft releasing a new windows OS sometimes in the future ... go figure!
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    partytime , October 25, 2010 9:17 PM
    I agree.. We are very happy with Windows 7. Microsoft just needs to take a few extra years and get the next one right, then i'll be more willing to part with a few extra hundred bucks for the new one.
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    cracatoa , October 25, 2010 9:18 PM
    Windows 7 is too damn good for a quick replacement. I hope they delay it until it is actually necessary and comes with some drastic changes.
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    campb292 , October 25, 2010 9:20 PM
    I agree, I can't really see Microsoft trying to replace Windows 7 before 2013. It has been a market success - several businesses and some governmental agencies in my area are making the switch to Windows 7 in the next two months. Word of mouth has been miles beyond the wom for Vista.

    What I do see is the incorporation of native SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 drivers in a future service pack. I had hoped it would be SP1, but as the adoption has been slow and it nears final testing stages, I hope they are in SP2. AMD has already added SATA 6Gb/s and USB3 to many of its boards and Intel is putting out its first in the coming month.
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    spectrewind , October 25, 2010 9:21 PM
    Delays? Blackcomb? Whistler? Longhorn?
    Nothing new here...
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    twbg4cq , October 25, 2010 9:25 PM
    Well, I jumped from XP to 7, so if this news is true I may do the same by skipping to "Windows 9" (if that's what they end up calling it).
    Of course that depends on what new features "Windows 8" is able to deliver.
    We'll see...
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    choirbass , October 25, 2010 9:29 PM
    AlbyintWindows Xp lasted how long and they are already planning on replacing Windows 7? I wonder what that really means.......


    It means that Windows XP was 'long' overdue to be replaced. That shorter product cycles are more necessary.
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    tolham , October 25, 2010 9:31 PM
    microsoft seems to make a really good OS on every-other release. they might as well get win 8 out of the way so they can get started on win 9.
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    zachary k , October 25, 2010 9:32 PM
    bad news for Microsoft if people are use to a longer product cycle, they will have to make some big changes if they want people to move from 7 to 8.
    but don't think that windows 7 is the greatest, Microsoft might have a few aces up its sleeve that will make windows 7 look like XP.
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    abswindows7 , October 25, 2010 9:46 PM
    I wonder what they can improve in NHL 2012, so don't ask me what can they improve/add to windows 8 ...
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    ltbob , October 25, 2010 9:47 PM
    Windows XP RIP

    You served me well..
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    rsud , October 25, 2010 9:55 PM
    Windows 8 will suck based on the history of Micro$oft OS releases.

    I'll be waiting for Windows 9 !!
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    Maxor127 , October 25, 2010 9:58 PM
    Windows 8 release target has been pretty common knowledge. Unless it's horribly delayed, I think everyone expects it to come out in about two years... probably late 2012. That's probably when I'll buy my next computer. Hopefully my current one will last. My graphics card died last week.
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    Richeemxx , October 25, 2010 10:04 PM
    A two year product cycle just isn't going to cut. Look at all the complaints from Vista users over the short cycle to W7. Then factor in the fact that in the enterprise market, which is MS's major concern, XP is still the dominant OS. W7 is catching on and is a hot item but many at the enterprise level are still waiting and they aren't big on early adoption so there is no way they'd skip W7 with a SP or two to go to W8.

    IMO I'd like to see some major UI and shell changes for W8/W9 but I doubt it would happen only because that means some major risk that MS isn't likely to take on. If anything I see them going to go the cloud with W8 and pushing it as more of a 'home' OS that's dumbed down and even more 'user friendly' and less power user oriented than W7 or XP have been.
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    MAGPC , October 25, 2010 10:22 PM
    Dear Microsoft,
    We need a totally new OS, not a remake of windows 7 and Vista.
    Thanks but Take your time.
    we are not in hurry, Windows seven is fine.
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    moe2freaky , October 25, 2010 10:52 PM
    A lot of people are going to disagree but I hope microsoft move away from 32 bit and go 64 bit native.
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    dante01010 , October 25, 2010 11:06 PM
    i hope they replaces the crappy NTFS file system
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    kelemvor4 , October 25, 2010 11:45 PM
    Microsoft won't stray TOO far from their windows roots. The main reason windows sells is compatibility. If they break that, there would be no good reason to stay with windows instead of going with linux or even gizoogle's OS for free.
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