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Microsoft roadmap has Windows 8 shipping in 2011

updated 11:50 am EST, Wed January 27, 2010

Tentative leak has Windows 8 RTM July 2011

A new discovery of a recently-departed Microsoft employee's blog has revealed a rough version of Microsoft's roadmap for key software, including Windows 8 (PDF). If a reflection of Microsoft's tentative plans, it would have Windows 8 released to manufacturing (RTM) on July 1st, 2011, or just two years after Windows 7 was finished. Windows Server 2012 and Office 2012 would ship a year and a day later on July 2nd, 2012.

The posting would hint at Microsoft speeding up the development process for the next version of Windows. Although Windows 7 brought Microsoft back on track after Vista's delays and had it ship less than three years later, the company has rarely timed significant upgrades so closely. Windows ME was shipped two years after Windows 98 but has widely been seen as an emergency stopgap following delays in what would become Windows XP.

While the release window is likely to change, it hints at a less aggressive update than Windows 7 and also that the company is eager to close the gap with competitors like Apple, which in the interval between Vista and 7 released two significant Mac OS X updates. [via Microsoft Kitchen]

By Electronista Staff


  1. climacs

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2001


    that means

    it will actually ship around 2013, and then it won't really be stable until the 3rd service pack comes out in 2015.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    We at least know why he's gone now. He doesn't understand what is and isn't for blogging.

  1. facebook_Ndjpoye

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    your comment

  1. PayPaul

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2010


    Will the Updates never end?

    Microsoft should simply allow downloadable upgrades to present OSes. But we know that will never happen. There's way to much money in providing more c*** that suckers like us will continue to line up for.

    Apple is no different in that regard. I understand a new line of nutritional products is in the pipeline.

  1. Raman

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Mar 2001


    comment title

    I hate it when they tell you when they plan on your OS being replaced with the new version. Yes, we all know that Apple releases updates, etc roughly every x days but it kinda takes the wind out of your sails when you know when your OS manufacturer will start bagging on their current OS to make you upgrade to the next one..

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