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Microsoft Roadmap Reveals Windows 8 2012 Launch

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Roadmap Reveals Windows 8 2012 Launch

Microsoft doesn't have a great history of producing two good OSes on the bounce. Windows 95 and Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows ME, Windows XP and Windows Vista, so should we be apprehensive about 2012?

That is the date (providing the Mayans/Roland Emmerich don't get in the way) that Microsoft will release Windows 8 according to the company's latest roadmap. This means the really rather lovely Windows 7 may only have 25 more months front and centre (though I suspect it'll be closer to 37).

This shouldn't be a shock however since back in 2006 Steve Ballmer proclaimed "We will never have a five-year gap between releases of flagship products". This came following (spot on) criticism over the delay between Windows XP and Vista. Of course 2012 is a long way off in computer years and Microsoft doesn't have a particularly good record of spitting out its operating systems on time.

That said, Windows 7 came through arguably the smoothest product development in Microsoft's history so perhaps it has turned over a new leaf. It also showed that evolving a platform much - dare I say it - as Apple does with Mac OS X is a far better idea than building up huge expectations and waiting times for a product that doesn't deliver.

So 2012 it is and should the date stick we may well see a beta 10/12 months ahead of launch. In which case let's just hope the usual Microsoft one good/one bad curse doesn't stick. Even if it has already been foreseen...


via msftkitchen


November 23, 2009, 5:08 am

Are you incinuating that Windows 98 was rubbish? :-O


November 23, 2009, 5:19 am

@xenos - 95 was the revolution and 98 at the time seen as a slightly disappointing evolution


November 23, 2009, 5:28 am

Like Microsoft said countless times... a new Windows every 3 years. You have 1 exception and it's was XP... not because XP was any good. But because XP was SOOO BAD (Windows NT3 with countless number of patch that the whole system falls apart), it required a new kernel, a new Operating System done from scratch. Operating System are VERY complicated to do... hence why it took 6 years in development to have Vista. Microsoft won't change the kernel anytime soon, hense why Windows 8 is coming out 3 years from Win7 release.

Hamish Campbell

November 23, 2009, 2:05 pm

Wonder if they'll feel the need to drop the price if they start getting out earlier releases. Paying a big chunk every 5 years is one thing, every 3 is perhaps another.

hmm or do we just buy new computers after 3 anyway.


November 23, 2009, 3:33 pm


So you are the one that pushed Vista, XP is bad LOL.

Funny it's only the most loved and still probably the most popular OS in the world. The OS which takes 15GB (3X the size of its original incarnation) from the current install on the windows OS just to emulate. XP is a bad boy indeed.


November 23, 2009, 6:18 pm

I bet that win Microsoft can commit to a new OS every year, we'll see subscriptions come to the forefront.


November 23, 2009, 9:50 pm

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