Windows 8 To Launch In 2012?

Windows 7 isn’t out the door yet, but Microsoft seem to be making good progress with Windows 8.  A roadmap slide from Microsoft’s Italian subsidiary has Windows 8 penciled in for a 2012 release:


Note though that Windows 8 is down as approximately 2012.  Even still, it looks like Microsoft are sticking to their 2.5-3 year release cycle, with Windows Vista launching Jan 2007 (it was late), Windows 7 in October 2009 and Windows 8 in 2012.

Windows 8 is also denoted as ‘codemane Windows 8’ – does this mean that ‘Windows 8‘ will not be called Windows 8?

I’m expecting big things from Windows 8.  Although Windows 7 is a great release and adds several much needed improvements to Windows Vista, it’s still too familiar for me and doesn’t feel ‘new’ enough and I’m looking forward to getting a new OS to get my teeth into!

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21 Responses to Windows 8 To Launch In 2012?

  1. Stephen August 10, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    I notice your site has a habit of not quoting your sources. Not a very professional or appreciated practice on your behalf.


    • Everton August 11, 2009 at 1:26 am #

      Hi Stephen

      when it’s clear who the original source is we quote it. The story that I read referenced this slide didn’t give the original source, so neither did I. Not a deliberate oversight (why would we deliberately not quote a source – particularly when linking to relevant sites is good for SEO??)
      Source added.


  2. nick August 10, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    why does it say “Windows Server Release – Development cycle”?

  3. bobbrown August 10, 2009 at 10:50 pm #

    Windows 7 was code named “Windows 7” so Windows 8 could reasonably be code named “Windows 8”

  4. bobo (staff) August 11, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    for windows 8 to look fresh, they gotta wait for a fresh apple OS (after SL) to grab every fresh idea they can.

    • biggyeyes September 8, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

      deleted: multiple posts.

    • biggyeyes September 8, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

      deleted: multiple posts.

    • Name September 8, 2009 at 9:48 pm #

      not necessarily true.

      mac OSX (with it’s new features and everything) came after the Windows Longhorn concept was brought out by Microsoft around after a year. When the concept came out with gadgets, docks, WinFS, animations, and everything, guess what came out of the Apple’s new UNIX Darwin-based OS? yep.

      and who cares about what comes out first, they all give out ideas to each other. Fuji’s dSLR, Sony’s Face Recognition for handheld cameras, Creative’s flash-based MP3 player, Adobe’s PageMaker (now succeeded by InDesign) and Photoshop, Apple’s GUI, Microsoft’s Surface (and other stuff,) Nikon’s Video recording for dSLRs, Canon’s diffractive optics, Nintendo’s game controller, etc etc etc.

      Now stop believing everything that Apple’s marketing is showing to you like that recent “Start your photocopiers” crap when they used a similar design to Vista for their Leopard release that was as big as Vista AFTER Vista came out. Not to mention bug and security fixes that came out for OSX most of the time comes after a similar patch was released for the windows operating system.

    • GirthDiggler March 25, 2011 at 11:54 am #

      if apple os was so f ing fresh why does it only have 5.19%????

      • jg October 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

        because its restricted to apple products which are pretty expensive. not many people are willing to pay for it. windows is available on high end, expensive laptops/computers as well as shitty entry level computers so they obviously have a larger consumer base.

  5. Dennis August 11, 2009 at 1:48 pm #

    This is from ux evangelist his site..

  6. khairul1 September 20, 2009 at 4:01 am #

    Xbox was also meant to be a codename, but Microsoft’ve adopted it for real.

  7. Jack October 23, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Hey- since you want a new and fresh OS to sink your teeth into, why not try Linux? It’s got some great innovations that are constantly coming in that you could try out and become familiar with, since it’s already a big player in the market.

    I would highly suggest running it on a USB drive or even dual-booting if you have enough space and are up to the task. :3 Why not get the best of both worlds?

  8. salsan February 21, 2010 at 2:38 am #

    I am very happy to know that Microsoft is going to release another great operating system windows 8. Windows 7 itself having lot of great features. So i am pretty sure that Windows 8 will have more than expected…. Microsoft is rocking

  9. andyjoephotographs April 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm #

    i was so excited for windows 7. all those commericals. but i think the commericals make windows 7 look better than when you actually have it. i got it right when it released. kinda didnt want to pay 300 dollars for the ultimate. but idk. but lets just say windows 7 is alot better than vista. im not going back to vista,,xp,,

  10. Frontierville June 30, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    I have checked Windows 8 plans that have been leaked.
    Fascinating stuff. Not a lot of vision though, more evolution and “lets do more of what Apple does.” than “where do you want to go today” kinds of things. Sad really, but Microsoft is totally hunkering down between Apple and Google they are really getting pounded from a publicity point of view.

  11. A A A-ala October 22, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    no no no no no no windows 8888888888888888888888888888888888

  12. ProHacker October 28, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    Zal z nooba ktorym daje windowsa8 lol chackoje wam xD

  13. Jim February 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    HA HA. Someone registered

  14. Pictures June 17, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

    Just waiting for the release…..

  15. indra March 14, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    when window 8 is going to be released//??????????????????????

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