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Ex-Microsoft employee hints at Windows 8 release date

by Parm Mann on 28 January 2010, 13:43

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system has been on store shelves for just a matter of months, but a document leaked by an ex-Microsoft employee suggests that the software giant's next major release could be scheduled for mid-2011.

Chris Green, an ex-Microsoft developer, revealed the speculative date as part of an extensive document revealing product support life cycles for a number of Microsoft's key products.

The document, which was originally made available via a Microsoft blog but has since been pulled, suggests Windows 8 could be released in July 2011, followed by Windows Server 2012 and Office 2012 a year later in July 2012.

Giving credence to the document are correct dates for other software releases - including a June 2010 release for Office 2010.

Windows 8, which is known to have been in development for some time, had previously been penned for a 2012 release, but recent speculation has suggested that Microsoft may shorten its Windows release cycle.

Microsoft is yet to comment on the validity of the dates in Green's document, but should they prove to be correct, Windows 8 could arrive two years after the completion of Windows 7.


Green's complete document is available in PDF format here.



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Seems a little quick, but 95 to 98 to 2000 to xp, all only a couple of years apart, yes xp lasted much longer than anything before, but isn't that the exception?

Who else waits more than two years for a major OS version? Linux? Apple?
daniel_owen_uk
Seems a little quick, but 95 to 98 to 2000 to xp, all only a couple of years apart, yes xp lasted much longer than anything before, but isn't that the exception?

Who else waits more than two years for a major OS version? Linux? Apple?
A good point. Even the long-term-support version of Ubuntu is released every 2 years, and the Linux kernel is updated pretty regularly, albeit incrementally. Apple usually turn things around quickly too.
Vista was a major release,windows 7 is a minor release so 8 should be major again. a major release next year does seem a very short time imo. the normal release cycle is two years.
Actually 7 was the major, vista was released as a stop gap because 7 wasn't ready.
lodore
Vista was a major release,windows 7 is a minor release so 8 should be major again. a major release next year does seem a very short time imo. the normal release cycle is two years.

3.. MS aim for that in principle and arguments over what constitutes a 'major' and 'minor' release are moot - MS decide that independent of what we all think and for all intents and purposes both were 'major' in their eyes.

daniel_owen_uk
Actually 7 was the major, vista was released as a stop gap because 7 wasn't ready.

No. 7 is a fork of the Vista codebase - without Vista there would be no 7 period.


As for Windows 8 being out year - tosh if you ask me - though I don't doubt work started on it mid last year.