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Windows 8 release date leak: 2012. Beta download 2011?
TAGS:Microsoft, MSFT, Netherlands, RTM, Windows, windows 8
IT TOPICS:Desktop Apps, Development, Emerging Technology, Operating Systems, Windows
By Richi Jennings. October 25, 2010.

Be prepared for your next PC desktop operating system refresh: Windows 8 should be here in a couple of years. One of Microsoft's subsidiaries leaked the expected release date over the weekend. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers work backwards to calculate the beta download schedule.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention wet dogs...

Tom Warren goes Dutch:
Microsoft has been ... tight lipped about Windows 8 availability but a posting on Microsoft’s Dutch ... site hints at a two year wait.
“Furthermore, Microsoft is on course for the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years” ... said a posting celebrating the first birthday of Windows 7. ... The software giant isn’t planning to rush the next version of Windows out of the door.

Ina Fried adds:
A Microsoft representative ... declined to comment or elaborate on the blog posting. Indeed, Microsoft executives from ... Steven Sinofsky on down have been hesitant to say anything about ... future Windows plans. ... [But] Microsoft's server team did say last year that a major release of Windows Server was due in 2012 and server versions typically slightly lag a desktop release.
It's going to be a very long two years for Microsoft if it can't better address Apple's moves in the tablet and notebook models before Windows 8.

Lauren Indvik picks up that ball and runs with it:
Given that Apple will at minimum release its new ... Lion operating system by that time ... Windows 8 will have to develop some impressive features to stay competitive. Yet a three-year gap between operating systems is nothing new for Microsoft. ... [It] has historically taken much more time to develop and deploy new versions ... than Apple.
There was a five-year gap between Windows XP and Vista, a delay so painful that ... Steve Ballmer publicly pledged that the company would never again allow such a long period to elapse between releases.

Wolfgang Gruener schedules backwards:
If the time frame is correct, then we know that Microsoft should be within three to six months of a milestone M1 release that is provided to the company’s closest partners.
Several years ago, Microsoft revealed that it may soon be necessary to rewrite the entire Windows code ... to make the software more secure and respond to progress in computer hardware. At that time, the company announced the Singularity project ... a research operating system that includes many new ideas of Microsoft’s researchers. Windows 8 could and probably needs [to] integrate some of the Singularity ideas.

Alex Zaharov-Reutt reckons mid-2012 sounds about right:
Any release needs to be RTM’d ... by mid-year so there’s plenty of time for OEMs to tweak Windows 8 well before year’s end ... to get PCs and devices on shelves for the back-to-school season and ... the all-important end-of-year/Christmas/holiday shopping. ... There’s no point releasing an OS in January as happened with Vista!
We should really start seeing a pre-beta from mid-2011, a beta by late 2011, and at least one release candidate in early 2012.

But Kevin Schram yawns:
Cue shock and awe from the tech blog echo chamber, but why are we surprised? ... This is actually how Microsoft did it in the old days (Windows 3.1 -> 95 -> 98). They got off the track with Windows ME and XP.
What could we see in Windows 8? Microsoft insiders have hinted that we could see some sort of Kinect support in the operating system. ... Crazy? Maybe, but just keep in mind ... that Microsoft spent a metric fortune developing the tech behind Kinect. Way too much, in fact, to restrict it’s use to video games.

And the award for most bizarre analysis goes to... Anthony Garreffa:
Hopefully the world doesn't end first being that it will be released in 2012. ... Maybe Nostradamus torrented Windows 8 with a time machine?

And Finally...
The physics behind wet dog shaking
[hat tip: Ant]

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What People Are SayingAdd new comment
Why can't they
Submitted by Underwhelmed on October 25, 2010 - 8:48 A.M.
Just fix XP instead? I'd gladly pay $10/year to keep it going with upgrades. Heck, Norton AV charges more than that!

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Control the bloat
Submitted by Anonymous on October 25, 2010 - 9:43 A.M.
Put MinWin to good use.

How about a Windows-based, thin client OS running Internet Explorer? Sound familiar? Perhaps it could run on a tablet.

How about letting users control the OS bloat with a netinstall version of Windows a la Debian or OpenSUSE. Don't force Windows users to turn to 3rd party solutions such as Vlite. Or to run a bloated OS.

I'm talking *real* options for users, not the Home vs. Pro vs. Ultimate sharade. Just collapse those into one.

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It takes two years to move . . .
Submitted by Really MS, Really?? on October 25, 2010 - 12:41 P.M.
to a new Windows OS any way. Or about that long. Many people and company's are still using XP, why would MS be wanting to work on something new, when they could just add to what they already have.

I have five computers in my home, 3 are xp, 2 are vista, none are 7, and I have no reason what so ever to be wanting an 8!

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Why would anyone care about
Submitted by Anonymous on October 26, 2010 - 9:10 A.M.
Why would anyone care about more bloated. sloppy and intrusive vaporware from Microsoft ? They lost the plot with Vista and will never recover from that unmitigated disaster. GNU/Linux is where the action is and people now know it.

Goodbye Microsoft, you are the weakest and most pathetic link!

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Submitted by HMAZ on December 8, 2010 - 4:10 A.M.
well why we do care about WINDOWS anymore? why we dont use LINUX and Ubuntu has its latest rel. 10.10 and Kubuntu 10.10 which is more graphical and has too many features. better to say goodbye MS Windows.

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Re: WIN8
Submitted by Ben on April 24, 2011 - 5:37 P.M.
I get you


Ubuntu is a very good OS, and as you say a cracking UI, but so does any operating system these days, and for the (plainer ones below NT6 and so on) there is a vast army of skins/tweakers etc. I use an Ubuntu 10.10 virtual machine for various things, but Win 7 Pro and Server 2003 'to get the job done' at home or at work.

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