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Rumor: Windows 8 Launching August 2012; Win 9 in 2014

Monday brought reports of a leaked Microsoft road map revealing an August 2012 commercial launch schedule for Windows 8. Prior to that, the beta will reportedly arrive during CES 2012 this coming January along with the WinStore Beta, an online market <ONM> community technology preview (CTP), and the first "Tango" update for Windows Phone. Windows 9 is even slated for a late 2014 reveal.

According to the roadmap, the Release Candidate for Windows 8 (RC) will roll out at MIX 2012 along with the online market beta and the Kinect commercial SDK -- "Apollo" for Windows Phone is also expected to be revealed. By the time E3 2012 rolls around, Microsoft will reportedly unveil the Xbox 360 SDK for creating apps, the Apollo SDK for Windows Phone and third-generation Kinect games. The Windows 8 RTM build is also expected to be released in June 2012.

Once August 2012 arrives, Windows 8, the online market, Windows Phone 8 and the Xbox (App) Store will launch if all goes according to plan. Then in September during BUILD 2012 Microsoft will offer a Windows 8 product upgrade developer preview and announce something called <OSN> along with the XAML+XDE platform.

On the Windows 9 front, a developer preview is expected to go live during BUILD 2013 followed by a Beta during CES 2014. A Release Candidate is slated to arrive during MIX 2014 followed by the RTM build with Internet Explorer 12 during BUILD 2014. It also looks like Windows 9 Mobile will also make its debut, as both the desktop and mobile versions will go commercial in November 2014.

To see the full roadmap, head here. As always, take this forecast with a grain of salt because (1) things change and (2) there's no official confirmation from Microsoft.

  • windows 9?
    jeez, lets focus on supporting 8 for a few months first eh?
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  • Dark Lord of Tech
    I agree!
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  • nisallik
    Wonder if they will have a pre-order special for Windows 8 like they did 7.
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  • legacy7955
    Whoa MS, new isn't better if it isn't reliable and just plain good.
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  • mcd023
    It is just a roadmap, but I am a little surprised to see windows phone 8.hopefully the win phones can upgrade to it. Looks good though. Lots of stuff going to devs.
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  • Netherscourge
    I could care less about Win 8 or Win 9.

    Win 7 is on may machine and it's staying there until the PC industry dies.
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  • shak2300
    ill stick with window 7 TY!!!
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  • reggieray
    Who freaking cares, new versions of Winblows do nothing for the gaming community. We are still stuck on XP DX9 because of the kiddie consoles. Win7 DX 11 will be on the 720 and then we will be stuck with that for another decade.
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  • reggieray
    If MS could think of a way to force upgrades on us they would.
    Long Live Linux
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  • phatbuddha79
    Win XP to Win7 was worth it, but this is just trying to cash in on people's money. I wish they only release a new OS when there's new major features.
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