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Windows 8 slides leak

by Sylvie Barak on 23 November 2009, 09:15

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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2012 may currently be a date you associate with a dramatic, special-effect ridden, Armageddon type scenario, but Microsoft, it seems, is planning to use the end of the world to its own advantage, and release Windows 8.

Whereas most of Microsoft seems tight lipped when it comes to the next version of its Windows desktop software - having only just launched its ‘selling-like-hotcakes' Windows 7 - the Windows server group appear to have much looser lips, and powerpoint slides to boot.

The following road maps tipped up on a website belonging to blogger Stephen Chapman and are similar to slides leaked in Italy back in August.

 

 

 

Windows Server works towards minor releases every two years and major releases every four years. The group released Windows Server 2008 R2 - classed as a minor update - earlier this year before the launch of Windows 7, but Microsoft has plans to tie its desktop and server releases closer together, meaning a 2012 release should be about right.

So, Mayan prophecy of doom and destruction, or just another version of Windows? Stay tuned and we'll find out for you.

 



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Why are people really surprised at this? Microsoft themselves stated they were looking at the 3 year OS cycle again. If they manage that OS every 3 years is another thing though :P
One of the mistakes MS made with Vista was talking about Win7 before the dust even settled. It sends completely the wrong message to the consumer to be talking up the next release before most of them are even ready to take on the current one. I think that had a lot to do with the public perception of Vista - if even MS were washing their hands of it and talking up the next release, why should the public want the current one?
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One of the mistakes MS made with Vista was talking about Win7 before the dust even settled. It sends completely the wrong message to the consumer to be talking up the next release before most of them are even ready to take on the current one. I think that had a lot to do with the public perception of Vista - if even MS were washing their hands of it and talking up the next release, why should the public want the current one?


Why wouldn't they, the money isn't in the high street sale, its with the enthusiasts, industry and OEM's. They buy the OS's, the majority of users don't even know what they are using half the time.

The usual suspects, Linux and OSX all have upgrades/iterations within the same time periods. Although MS tend to charge a little more for it, however if they manage to cotton on that people will buy the upgrades every 3 - 4 years if they sell it at a decent price. With Windows 7 flying out the door at the early pre-order prices MS know they are going to make a killing if they rinse and repeat.
I skipped Vista and went from XP to 7 and would only consider Windows 8 in 2012 if it is cheap and offers me something I need that 7 can't provide. I doubt I'm alone. I reckon 5 years is a good interval between major OS releases if you expect your customers to buy for more than a token sum of money.