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REPORT: Windows 8 Hits Milestone 2

In a short-but-sweet report, Russian website winreview.ru-- translated by Windows 8 Beta-- claims that Windows 8 Milestone 2 has already been compiled. The next milestone is expected to be completed by the end of February 2011.

According to the report, Microsoft recently compiled the build of 6.2.79xx.0.winmain_win8m2.xxxxxx-xxxx (Milestone 2). This build follows Windows 7 Post-RTM (6.1.77xx.0.winmain.xxxxxx-xxxx) and Windows 8 Milestone 1 (6.2.78xx.0.winmain_win8m1.xxxxxx-xxxx). The report also indicates that build 6.2.7904.0.101216-1845 was just compiled on December 16, 2010, indicating that the company is currently pushing to complete Milestone 3.

The development of Windows 8 hasn't been a real big secret, however Microsoft has done a fine job in keeping the details under wraps. Naturally that hasn't stopped the press from passing rumors back and forth-- those which include cloud-based accounts and backups, a UI called "Wind" that allegedly creates a 3D desktop, a modular design that allows Microsoft to remove sections for tablet and smartphone use and more.

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is expected to present a keynote speech at CES 2011 the night of January 5, showcasing the company's consumer technologies. Microsoft is also expected to hold a press conference that afternoon prior to Ballmer's speech. The new OS is expected to be revealed at either event.

  • loomis86
    3D desktop?
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  • loomis86
    I hope they mean it's like a perspective rendering, not that you need 3D glasses.
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  • jerreece
    LOL OMG Will Windows 8 have DX12 and desktop Tessellation? :)
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  • kelemvor4
    I bet the pierats are already running it...
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  • SpadeM
    WinFS or it isn't worth the purchase...
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  • PhilFrisbie
    Will Microsoft let us pass (on the) Wind? ;)
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  • Supertrek32
    kelemvor4I bet the pierats are already running it...If it was leaked I'm sure we would have heard about it already.
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  • extremepcs
    Bring back XP's ability to create a default user profile or we stick with XP. MS wonders why the education world has been slow to adopt Vista and 7.... this is one of the key reasons. When 10 random people share a single PC each day, they don't want the "out of box experience" when they log in (answer IE 8 questions, setup search provider, useless icons on the start menu and taskbar, etc...)
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  • tonitelaoag
    this is a clear example of driving consumers to spend again on there next os. stop spending your hard earned money on this, win7 will serve us for many many years to come just like winxp. this is good for newly purchase units. i hope i am not the only one not excited on its release.
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  • joytech22
    I don't think Windows 8 is designed to replace Windows 7, maybe it's a "Lite" version of Windows 7 for mobile devices? It's much too soon to release a new OS.

    Even though I would buy a copy ASAP..
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