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Microsoft already working on Windows 8

updated 11:30 pm EDT, Mon April 20, 2009

Microsoft begins Windows 8

Microsoft appears to be working on the next version of Windows to follow Windows 7, as indicated by a post on the company's careers site. A Lead Software Development Engineer in Test is sought to work on the existing projects for 7, such as cluster support and reworking the core engine. "We will also soon be starting major improvements for Windows 8," the listing reads. The operating system is said to "revolutionize file access in branch offices."

Contractor reports suggest the company could have Windows 7 installed on PCs by September. An internal memo indicated that a release candidate would be ready by April 10th, although a recent tip claims the software may only be in an "escrow" stage by the end of the month and available to the public by the end of May. [via Neo Seeker]

By Electronista Staff


  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001



    too easy of a target.

  1. lorca2770

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    Joined: Sep 2008


    Since 1995

    Since 1995 Microsoft has been employing the same tactic, Stop the press we are coming with something better and more advanced.
    They did it with IBM, Taligent, etc..., it became absolutely ridiculous.

    Oh well, the new generations perhaps don`t know, but that was the method.... :)

  1. Bobfozz

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    Joined: Jul 2008


    problem is...

    their announcements these days don't scare anyone or stop anyone.

  1. Monde

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    Joined: Jan 2004



    Windows 8?

    Will it address the thousands of viruses & worms? Will it cease MS's propensity to copy the Mac OS? Will they prevent it from being a resource hog? Will they charge an arm and leg for it in a Brobdingnagian pricing scheme? Will they loose Ballmer as head honcho?

    Doubt it. Apple will likely have 3 iterations of it's OS before day one of Windows 8.


  1. rytc

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2001


    Windows 8

    Of course they are already working on Windows 8 - it's all the parts that they couldn't shoe-horn onto Windows 7......

  1. Will C

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Jan 2001


    Is anyone surprised?

    This is nothing to do with MS's product quality - it is typical business practice (I am not defending it)
    Why make a product which is perfect which will sell once and then never be able to sell anything else again?
    Most businesses these days operate as money dredgers, their product is ususally just a side effect sadly.

  1. Wingsy

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    Joined: Apr 2005


    Already vs Soon

    MacNN needs to read the dictionary definitions for the words "soon" and "already". One refers to the future and one to the present.

  1. Constable Odo

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    Joined: Aug 2007



    As long as they continue to support Windows XP until Windows 8 comes out, I'll be satisfied. MS is really looking far ahead into the future. Wouldn't Windows 7 be around for at least a few years? I wouldn't think they'd need Windows 8 until about 2012.

    It's just that Windows XP runs so well for my use, I don't really see the point of upgrading. I'll grab Windows 7 when it hits the streets, and I hope it's an improvement over XP in speed, but if it isn't, I'll dump it quickly.

  1. msuper69

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jan 2000


    Nothing has changed...

    Unless MS completely rewrites the Windows kernel from scratch with security first and foremost in the design (ala UNIX), it will still be lipstick on a pig.

  1. Rolando_jose

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    Joined: Jan 2006



    Wouldn't be easier to concentrate on making a "great" windows 7 and then improve on it?

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