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Windows 8 To Be Released In October 2012

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the save-the-date dept.

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dkd903 writes "Microsoft has been very secretive about the next version of its Windows operating system. After the success of Windows 7, everyone is very interested in the next iteration – Windows 8. A few leaks have been the only source of news about Windows 8 till now. However, a slip up from Microsoft Netherlands has put the release date in October 2012."

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337 comments

Only one week to go! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011674)

Woot!

Re:Only one week to go! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011740)

Please explain that joke

Re:Only one week to go! (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011884)

Microsoft, despite "the success of Windows 7" cannot get it's friendliest, large enterprise customers to deploy Win 7 in full-scale roll-outs.

Not without grafting free deployments of MDOP (application virtualization solutions) and other "freebie" services of 50-100 K per customer. Not without deprecating XP - to the point it will not be supported in a few months.

They bought showcase deployments that displace XP. IE 6 is still needed for many ERP systems, and that is an incredible problem.

Microsoft is holding out the - again dubious - advantages of Windows 8? "And you want to be may latex salesman..."

NT 7.0 or NT 8.0? (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012270)

>>>to deploy Win 7 in full-scale roll-outs.

Why not? In just the brief time I've been using Win7, I've not felt the desire to punch the screen or run the chassis over with a bulldozer. (RIP Vista PC) I also experimented with installing Win7 on a 1/2 gig laptop and it ran quite well. Then I removed the RAM to bring it down to 256k, and it still ran decently (for single tasking). Microsoft did a good job of optimizing the OS for low memory systems.* I think Windows 7 is just as ready for widescale deployment as XP.

I'm wondering which version of NT we will get:
- Will it be NT 8? NT 7?
Or maybe another +0.1 iteration to become NT 6.2?
(ponder)

*
* Although I eventually erased 7 and installed Lightweight Ubuntu instead. Works on systems as low as 128K.

Re:Only one week to go! (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012016)

From the posts below it appears that the article at some point said that the release date was in October 2010 but was quickly corrected to read October 2012. If it was this October it would have to be released sometime in the next week.

Re:Only one week to go! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012024)

Please explain that joke

The link originally had 2010 in it, but it has been corrected since then.

Re:Only one week to go! (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012206)

Actually the error was from TFA.

This is really a bit over-blown, though. The actual statement from Microsoft was:

Verder werkt Microsoft uiteraard aan de volgende versie van Windows. Maar het zal nog zo’n twee jaar duren voordat ‘Windows 8’ op de markt komt. (Furthermore, Microsoft is of course working on the next version of Windows, but it will take about two years before “Windows 8” comes to the market.)

Google Translate can’t seem to make up its mind as to whether it means “another” or “about” two years. I’m guessing it’s not terribly precise. Assuming it means that the release is scheduled for October 2012 is reading a little bit too much into the statement, I think. The latter half of 2012 sounds like a safer estimate.

Re:Only one week to go! (1)

vegiVamp (518171) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012540)

The dutch says "about two more years", literally.

Make up your mind! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011684)

2010 or 2012?

Re:Make up your mind! (1)

KatchooNJ (173554) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011770)

Ah! I saw it say 2010 in the link, as well. It seems that it was fixed quickly to now read 2012. Fat fingers!

Re:Make up your mind! (1)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012064)

Fat fingers!

That's a pretty big finger, or I guess it could have been typed on the keypad.

Re:Make up your mind! (1)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011774)

2010 or 2012?

Geeze! If you RTFA it clears it up completely!

Two years from now means October 2012. If this is correct and Windows 8 is supposed to be released In October 2010, we should see the first beta in early 2012.

See? It's perfectly clear.

Re:Make up your mind! (1)

balaband (1286038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011836)

Geeze! If you RTFA it clears it up completely!

You are new here, aren't you?

2012-10 (3, Insightful)

jo42 (227475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011688)

I wager 1,000,000 quatloos that it won't be released that month.

Re:2012-10 (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011844)

I was just going to make the 'end of the world' joke...damn.

Still ... aren't we supposed to skip every other version of Windows (because they're usually only half-cooked)?

Re:2012-10 (1, Funny)

Okonomiyaki (662220) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012198)

Still ... aren't we supposed to skip every version of Windows (because they're always only half-cooked)?

There. Fixed that for ya.

Re:2012-10 (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012260)

No, sometimes an odd 3rd version comes out half-cooked too. And it depends greatly on whether or not you count service packs as versions (by SP 3, Windows XP had so many of its original wrinkles ironed out that it can hardly be considered the same version).

Re:2012-10 (1)

The Mighty Buzzard (878441) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012246)

s/other//

Re:2012-10 (1)

Ynot_82 (1023749) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012252)

Oh I don't know
Call me cynical, but I think it'll be released then, whether it's ready or not
I think it's a good bet that they want to release at the same time as Ubuntu's next LTS (in October '12) to try and steal their thunder

Re:2012-10 (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012300)

No, it's actually going to be released on December 21, 2012, just in time to bring about the end of the world.

Re:2012-10 (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012304)

I wager 1 quatloo that Kirk will rip his shirt sometime during this episode.

No takers? Oh well.
I guess that's obvious.

I'm a Mac Fag (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011692)

As a pretentious Mac Fag, I insist that my operating system cater to developmentally challenged homosexuals like myself.

So I'll be skipping this upgrade and sticking with my White Anal Dildo OS.

Re:I'm a Mac Fag (3, Funny)

Codename Dutchess (1782238) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011782)

And we're back, with this hours episode of Trolldot. On todays show, trolls trolling trolls. Our first guest is Anonymous Coward. How are you doing today, Mr. Coward?

Re:I'm a Mac Fag (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011874)

im gay

Surely they'll come up with a marketing name... (5, Funny)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011750)

that can match past successes, such as Vista, Zune, or Kin.

Re:Surely they'll come up with a marketing name... (1)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012080)

How could you forget Bob!

Re:Surely they'll come up with a marketing name... (1)

sammyF70 (1154563) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012266)

well ... they could go for bear names instead. SOOOOO much better ... you know : Polar, Grizzly, Teddy, Tiger ...

Re:Surely they'll come up with a marketing name... (2, Funny)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012326)

Stearns?

nope (3, Informative)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011754)

Furthermore, Microsoft is of course the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years before “Windows 8 ‘on the market.

Yeah, this is hardly a concrete release date. It's probably one person's very rough estimate, he might not even be close to the project for all we know.

Re:nope (3, Interesting)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012002)

The exact same journos are writing that there'll be a 128 bit version as well, demonstrating:

a) Somebody's feeding them horsepoo

b) They really are as clueless as people say.

Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (2, Insightful)

Pollux (102520) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011756)

I want Windows 7.1, not Windows 8.

Windows Vista sucked horribly. Windows 7 fixed some suckage with Windows Vista. But just stop this runaway train and fix all the problems, not just a few with each new Windows version. There's a very good reason why 61% of Windows users still use XP. Give them a reason to want something new. Otherwise, you'll just create more division and confusion by creating another version of Windows that PEOPLE JUST DON'T WANT.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (3, Insightful)

91degrees (207121) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011856)

It probably will be. Windows 95 was Windows 4.0. Windows 98 was Windows 4.10, and ME was 4.90. Same basic OS with minor revisions. Windows 7 is version 6.1. This does suggest it's actually Windows Vista.1 but version numbers are pretty arbitrary. Still, Windows 8 doesn't have to be a complete rewrite. Simply an update.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

jaweekes (938376) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011970)

I actually believe that they started using the NT scheme after ME, as the consumer version switched to the NT kernel. So Windows XP = 5, Vista was 6, and Windows 7 is, well, 7. But we could argue about this all day long...

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (4, Informative)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012040)

Or we can just look at the version numbers in "about"...

XP 64bit & 2003 = 5.2
XP = 5.1
2000 = 5.0
NT 4.0 = ...4.0

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012146)

Win2000 = NT 5.0
WinXP = 5.1
Vista = NT 6.0
Win7 = NT 6.1

Dunno if Win8 will be NT 6.2 or NT 7.0

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012308)

Would make more sense to skip 7.0 entirely and go to 8.0 if they did that. They could give it a version number of 80 for all the difference it would make. All anyone cares about it that it's greater than or equal to the previous version (and if equal that the minor version is higher)

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012172)

Yeah, sorry, but sznupi has it right in the other response to your comment. One of the major criticisms of Windows 7 was that it wasn't the seventh anything: not the seventh major version or even seventh release of Windows NT, nor the seventh consumer release of Windows overall. Vista is 6, Seven is 6.1.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012216)

This does suggest it's actually Windows Vista.1 but version numbers are pretty arbitrary. Still, Windows 8 doesn't have to be a complete rewrite. Simply an update.

Actually, MS has refuted this and told that they only called it a minor update in the version number for backwards compatibility reasons. MS consider Windows 7 a major kernel revision. I'm not sure I do though. I rather consider that move being MS going "Well, this OS is basically Vista architecture-wise, so ensure apps see it as that too if they only look at the major version number". In that sense, Windows 7 is a more "minor" upgrade.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (2, Insightful)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011864)

Yeah, like perhaps doing something noteworthy with the new release. Not many people want to buy (or even move to, even for free) a new OS that barely does anything that their old one can't. It's simply a waste of time and money for a lot of people, including me.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1, Interesting)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011868)

I can fully understand people not wanting to upgrade to Windows 7 due to hardware/driver constraints or program compatibility...but if neither of these things are problems, I say why not? Windows 7 is much more user friendly and easier to navigate (not to mention much more stable and secure, in my experience.)

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (2, Insightful)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012096)

Money. If something works now, why replace it if there is no need. Unless there is a feature of Windows 7 that people really, really need, most people will just keep XP until they get a new computer that comes with Windows 7 or 8 already installed. For businesses, it's a little more complicated as they have enterprise licenses and such but the goal of saving money is probably more pronounced.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

InsaneProcessor (869563) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012138)

And still nothing new. Yes I changed from xp to win7 because it is better but, in 2 more years there will be nothing new. This is just marketing that people don't buy into anymore. Oh, one thing the will do is: no more 32 bit version.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012196)

Program compatibility is the only real problem we have at our work - everything worked fine under XP so we're slow to upgrade.

However - Dell stopped selling us XP's so now we've got about 40 XP's left before we have to jump to 7.

One of the annoyances is that yes: it will work if you set the application to "XP SP3" in the compatibility mode. Problem is, there's about a dozen applications we have here that require it, so that means every time we do a PC set up that needs to be changed each time. We don't have any reliable imaging software that does the licensing properly, but virtualization is on the horizon. On top of that - the Oracle Installation file is right there on the network. And you could normally just run it from the network location, but the install needs to be run in compatibility mode and thats a setting you can't change remotely - so you gotta copy the install files to the local machine, THEN set the compat mode and THEN run it.

All in All, if they simply worked around program compatiblity, that's all I'd need really.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

mlts (1038732) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012382)

I'd like to see MS work on virtualization on the app level. This way, a Web browser (or more specifically a Web browser instance) has its own instance of everything in the OS. If the instance gets compromised. malware can happily scribble on the Registry, drop files into SYSTEM32, etc. However, those changes are mapped to a temp directory and as soon as that window is closed, those changes all drop. Of course, saved files that the user wants would be set aside somewhere so they don't get erased on the VM shutdown.

Combine this with Microsoft's app store that is coming out in W8, and this would do a good job in reducing the instance of compromise. Once Joe Sixpack is used to only installing files from a glorified repository, he actually might click "cancel" if something asks him to download a pr0n viewer pops up on the screen.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012564)

Windows has had its own (free as in beer) imaging software since Vista. It does the licensing correctly and works fine. You probably just need to switch to something else. We used WAIK / Imagex and install based setup for an 80,000 machine roll out just fine.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1, Offtopic)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012278)

Why fix what is not broken?

I have two PCs at home that run Windows XP. Everything I use them for works flawlessly. They are totally stable and usually have an uptime measured in weeks. A large part of this is probably because I do must of my stuff in the cloud.

Why should I pay $50,$100,$150 to upgrade to Windows 7? What is in it for me?

Now substitute "me' with those other 61% of people. Why should someone upgrade if XP is doing everything they need?

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

PriceChild (1138463) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012432)

I can fully understand people not wanting to upgrade to Windows 7 due to hardware/driver constraints or program compatibility...but if neither of these things are problems, I say why not? Windows 7 is much more user friendly and easier to navigate (not to mention much more stable and secure, in my experience.)

Price

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (2)

Drummergeek0 (1513771) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011896)

I want Windows for Workgroups 7.11, been waiting on a new version of WfW for a long time.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011898)

How are they supposed to make money that way? Whether it's called 7.1 or 8 they want to charge you so the best way to entice people is to make it sound like a new version.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011922)

I don't know why they would go and release a whole new version when 7 isn't a flop like Vista. Seriously, the mainstream support for Windows 7 is still for another 4 years and the extended support is 9.

What will be accomplished in Windows 8 that a simple Service Pack couldn't fix - and what UI elements could they possibly offer thats worth upgrading if I've got windows 7?

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (3, Informative)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012066)

RE: What will be accomplished in Windows 8 that a simple Service Pack couldn't fix"

Profits!

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

The Mighty Buzzard (878441) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012336)

Service packs = free
New releases = fat, greasy wads of cash

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012448)

It's about profits. If they don't release a new version then the only people that will pay for new copies are people who are buying new computers and too lazy to reject the EULA on the new copy and recycle their old license.

Additionally, MS for practical reasons limits the amount of functionality that they're willing to add to the OS after it's been released. Which means that it can be quite a challenge to add support for some things later on, and without any profit motive for doing it either.

I'm personally surprised that MS doesn't ditch this approach more or less altogether and go with a more Apple approach. Well, the approach taken by pretty much everybody else. Release a minor revision every year or so and a major revision when need be. Then only charge a small amount of money for the minor revisions.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011940)

Windows Vista sucked horribly. Windows 7 fixed some suckage with Windows Vista. But just stop this runaway train and fix all the problems, not just a few with each new Windows version.

Fixing bugs and releasing free service packs is work without profit. Releasing flashy new versions that cost hundreds of dollars, but are shoddily designed, is profitable. Make it full of bugs and people will be happy to pay for an upgrade, too.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011944)

There's no money in fixing products for free!

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011972)

Windows Vista sucked horribly.

OK, so historically, I'm one of the least likely to ever defend a Microsoft product ...

But, what exactly about Vista sucked horribly? It's actually been the OS from Microsoft I've been most happy with.

Granted, I put it on a new machine with loads of resources, but I've found it to be quite stable. And, coming from a UNIX background, the UAC thing to me is a good thing.

Just curious to know why people actually hated Vista -- despite reading from a lot of people that it's awful, my experience has actually been contrary to that.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

Billhead (842510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012310)

My thoughts exactly, I only first used Vista it on a new system last year and don't see what all the rage was about.
From what I've heard, the main problem was with the lack of device drivers right after it was released.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

soupforare (542403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012504)

That's pretty much the biggest issue it had. After the peripheral, really, printer manufacturers ramped up support, vista was fine. Especially after SP1.
What vista had was the diesel-in-america problem. Everyone remembers the horrible GM diesels or smokey semi diesels and now it's almost impossible to sell a consumer car in the states equipped with one. An oem install of vista sp1 is as stable as anything but I still had people banging down my door to pay extra for a machine with XP downgrade license.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012346)

I like to sum it up as "Vista was the alpha release of Windows 7" (or alternatively "Windows 7 is Vista SP1")

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

mlts (1038732) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012486)

What caused people to hate Vista wasn't Microsoft. It was third party software and hardware makers who were too lazy to get release-quality drivers out. Instead, they put out alpha or beta drivers, and told the customers to blame the blue-screens on Microsoft. These are the same developers who put out pages and pages of blogs lambasting UAC and whining how they actually had to separate user and admin privs... just like how UNIX developers have been doing for over 30 years.

There were a few valid complaints, but they were addressed by disabling a few services in Vista.

All and all, Vista was a needed security update, especially with the addition of ASLR, and BitLocker.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

dropzonetoe (1167883) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012524)

When it first came out I had friends/family members go out and buy it as it is the "new: windows and they had to have it. In the early days if you got it on a new system built with Vista in mind it wasn't bad. The problems came with all those that tried to upgrade had issues getting drivers for hardware, software that ran just fine on XP was having problems, and it forced people who were sitting on almost 10 year old computers to have to buy new ones to be able to run it. So really the problem was early adopters had trouble until support started rolling out, so they told friends how bad it was and to avoid it. Those systems that I got to run Vista never seemed to as well as stock Vista systems, but then again they were XP systems barely keeping up with the system needs.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (2)

OneSmartFellow (716217) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012068)

If only you were the first !

You clearly haven't had the pleasure of watching MS add layers of idiocy onto DOS.

Dave Cutler is the only guy MS ever employed to write a new OS, the rest were hired to plaster over the old ones.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (3, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012104)

I agree, this isn't a bad idea IMHO. They could use Windows 7 as a base for incremental improvements for some time. It's rare for MS to get as many things right as there after all is in Windows 7, so why not make carefully move from there?

People may say "but where's the money in that!", but if 7.1, 7.2, etc would still be paid for, and more often than the major releases, people might be *more* willing to upgrade since they'd know that they wouldn't get something huge at once, and maybe even use the old rule of wanting to wait for the first service pack. Less such risks with smaller updates. Also, smaller updates would be able to be more frequently released, and they could compensate for this somewhat by selling them for less.

If this all sounds wild & crazy -- Apple is pretty successful with their systems, and they've been doing exactly this since OS X 10.0...

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012142)

There's a very good reason why 61% of Windows users still use XP

Actually, there's several:
- It's "good enough"; when all you want to do is browse the web or send e-mail, you don't need anything else
- It came on the PC they bought which is still fast enough (see 1)
- Most users don't know that you can upgrade an OS without a new PC (see 2)
- Corporate users
- App compatibility (see 4)

Plus, I'm not sure what new, amazing thing you're expecting Microsoft to do.
Aside from fixing the security holes, there's not much more which can be done after XP for the majority of users.
(Un)fortunately, MS made XP too well, they didn't leave much room for improvement.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012218)

You just made a strong argument to dump Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. XP works. It took until SP2, but it works. SP3 made it a bit better. Just imagine how incredibly good XP would be if we were on SP5 instead of Microsoft screwing around with three operating systems nobody wanted.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012492)

Christ. If OSX or Linux had the marketshare that Win7 got in the first 6 months you'd be waving it in everybody's face screaming that it's obvious that the people no longer want Microsoft. The fanboism just stinks to high heaven.

Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012426)

>>>I want 7.1 not 8

Microsoft is trying to catch-up to Mac OS 10... um. Where are we now? 10.60? No, no that's opera. Maybe its 10.11? Nah that's Ubuntu. Ahhh forget it.

BTW Windows 7 isn't really 7.0.
It's NT 6.1 so what you desire
is 6.2 (+0.1 bugfix).

Ugh. My head hurts.

End is nigh! (3, Funny)

balaband (1286038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011758)

Looks like the Mayans were right...

Uhm? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011762)

> After the success of Windows 7

What success!?

Re:Uhm? (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011880)

It wasn't Vista.

End of Days (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011766)

Perhaps this will be the trigger for our Dec 20, 2012 apocalypse. The Mayans foresaw this long ago, and built it into their Long Count Calendar. The release of Windows 8 is simply breaking the final seal that spells our doom.

Re:End of Days (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012490)

No they didn't. For the first part their calendar doesn't end for a few more years after that. And secondly, they never said that was the end of days, it just means that the calendar flips and that will likely bring with it changes as they saw it. End of the world is not the conclusion that anybody should be making.

Yeah right... (1)

bernywork (57298) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011772)

How about that's when they first slip the delivery date?

The big question is... (1)

Instant_Karmma (1730260) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011784)

Will there be time between the October release and the end of the world Mayan-Calendar-Style, for Service Pack 1?

Re:The big question is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34011824)

The world will end in 2038, not 2012. I'll trust Dennis Ritchie over a bunch of dead Mayans.

Well, of course. (2, Insightful)

Orsmo (976) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011814)

Everyone knows that's why the Mayan calendar stops there. Windows 8 comes out. The world ends. Apocalypse explained.

Re:Well, of course. (1)

vgbndkng (1806628) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011938)

Everyone knows that's why the Mayan calendar stops there. Windows 8 comes out. The world ends. Apocalypse explained.

Typical Microsoft.

The series continues?! (0)

skywatcher2501 (1608209) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011956)

Hiroshima 1945 Chernobyl 1986 Windows 95 and now Windows 2012??1! zomgomgomg

Everyone??? Interested??? (3, Funny)

toby (759) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011926)

everyone is very interested in the next iteration

You keep using that word but I do not think it means what you think it means.

Wait, what?? (3, Funny)

MindStalker (22827) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011946)

"Two years from now means October 2012. If this is correct and Windows 8 is supposed to be released In October 2010, we should see the first beta in early 2012"

From the link from the article..

Re:Wait, what?? (1)

sea4ever (1628181) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012350)

Doesn't the beta come before the release? This would make that make sense.

Mayan's were right! 2012 end of... Microsoft (0, Redundant)

enterix (5252) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011950)

fingers crossed.

Better translation (5, Informative)

Barryke (772876) | more than 3 years ago | (#34011968)

Verder werkt Microsoft uiteraard aan de volgende versie van Windows. Maar het zal nog zo'n twee jaar duren voordat 'Windows 8' op de markt komt.

Correctly translates to:

Furthermore Microsoft is ofcourse working on the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years before 'Windows 8' will arrive on the market.

I'm dutch. The translation was engrish, i thought this might help.

FFS Read TFA (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012010)

It quotes a translation from a Dutch press release that says "about two years" after Windows 7. Since when did "about" suddenly become a definite statement of a release time frame??

Re:FFS Read TFA (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012302)

Since when did "about" suddenly become a definite statement of a release time frame??

This is slashdot, you should know it means for very small values of "about". Geez, who let this guy in? :P

Re:FFS Read TFA (1)

Asclepius99 (1527727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012424)

I've been reading Slashdot for a few years now and for some reason I'm amazed every time this happens where I see a headline and/or read a summary, then later on when I read the article I find out that the original information was either misleading or completely inaccurate. You'd think I'd have learned by now.

So, 2012 (3, Funny)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012042)

will finally be the year of the Linux Desktop!

Trick or Trick (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012046)

October you say? How apropos.

WOW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012124)

MS might try to catch up to Debian, on release time!

Windows 8 Codename... (3, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012162)

"Liger"

This is a good news, actually (1)

balaband (1286038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012182)

Maybe this will make me to shift from my XP

Windows Cloud 8 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012202)

The next version of Windows will be based on revolutionary cloud-based technology with improved pricing models.**

** a nominal fee of 1$/hour for using Microsoft Windows Cloud 8 and other third-party applications

To quote the philosopher (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012258)

Do Not Want

If Microsoft wanted to be evil... (4, Insightful)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012262)

this would be the perfect time.

Google, Apple and Oracle, their biggest competitors, are in a major shoot out.

What Microsoft needs to do is exploit the patent conflict by publicly ending its patent threats against FOSS. Completely, no exceptions.

While it does that, it should make Windows 8 the first release that breaks with the past by moving all legacy technologies into a sandbox a la what OS X originally did.

Finally, they should work on extending whatever POSIX compatibility they still have left until Windows 8 can reliably run code originally written on Linux and OS X. Why? Because it would bridge one of the last gaps between Windows 7 and OS X.

Apple is getting increasingly controversial. Microsoft could exploit by becoming the first vendor to make peace with everyone.

Where's Cairo??? (1)

bkmoore (1910118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012318)

I'm still waiting on Cairo!!! Come on Bill, my Win 3.11 For Workgroups is getting a bit long in the tooth. But seriously, I doubt MS has ever shipped a major OS revision on time. So I won't be holding my breath for Win 8.

And... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34012324)

Windows 8 will be a turd just like Vista and Vista sp1 (also known as Windows 7). No matter how much you polish a turd, ITS STILL A TURD!

Wololo (1)

Iburnaga (1089755) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012328)

Perhaps they'll make Windows 8 more compatible with XP programs. Though I do find it upsetting that companies don't update their software on a regular basis to work with more secure platforms. It's one thing to not fix something that works, it's another to still be using IE6.

Windows 8 ? (1)

Guybrush_T (980074) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012416)

I'd rather have Windows Love.

This Article/ news sucks (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34012494)

Here's the basic summary:

- Some website guy found an article from the Netherlands branch of Microsoft which conjectured Windows next version will be released in ABOUT two years.

I could have told you that.
Not news; guessing.

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