Windows 8 to be Release July, 2011 … a Rumor?

I saw a documentary about Roswell, the place in New Mexico, USA that was supposed to be the place where an alien space craft went down. It supposedly was recovered by the US Air Force and had alien bodies among the wreckage. 60 years later, I smile when I hear how some people regardless of evidence or lack there of continue to believe wild stories about that event. The rumors persist…right?

Well, there are rumors about Windows8. Think of it. First of all, can MicroSoft really pull off selling a new operating system to have consumers buy this close to Windows 7, especially with the critical and commercial success of Windows7? If it had bombed, sure the public would be clamoring for a new one. But that is not the case.

Second, what can you expect from Windows8? To want people to buy the OS, it has to be radically different, otherwise, it will be considered a service pack to Windows7. The 128 bit rumor is around, but to make it really work as a 128 bit OS, then there have to be major rewrites of a lot of supporting software and hardware; otherwise, what’s the point? If the applications can not take advantage of the CPU to perform faster, it will be for nought.

Third, hardware technology must already be available to be incorporated into the next OS otherwise the time frame would be longer, maybe 2012, or even 2013. The technology may already have existed when Windows7 was being built, but was put off to wait for other hardware makers to design hardware around.

Fourth, the Windows8 kernel must be redesigned. If it’s just an extension of the Vista/Windows7 kernel, again what’s the point? Microsoft and their R&D team must be looking at what the next generation must be like, but with the emphasis on new technology.

So having said that about rumors, when will Microsoft release Windows8? From a spreadsheet designed by a Microsoft employee, the timeline is around July 1, 2011. That is a mere 17 months away. Here is a copy of the spreadsheet with the timeline not just for Windows8, but for other MicroSoft products.

Estimated Product Support Life Cycles

So here is the latest rumor. The spreadsheet picks the date of July, 2011 as the release date.  What makes this spreadsheet is the supposed origin: a Microsoft employee; furthermore, it has been accurate in the past for the software timeline. Take it with a grain of salt; but the rumors may be true.

Source: TechSpot

Roadmap Spreadsheet can be downloaded here.

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9 Responses to Windows 8 to be Release July, 2011 … a Rumor?

  1. windows8 March 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    I don’t see how there’s any way they could release it that soon. Between this rumor and the rumor about it supposedly being “mind-blowing” (this guy’s words, not mine: ), things are starting to get hyped up just a bit too much I think…..

  2. Windows20 March 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    It’s better for Windows 8 to be release in 2012. Better yet, have it release it on my birthday! My birthday month is on Dec.

  3. brandon1421 March 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Yea i dont see how it could be released that quickly unless it’s just an improvement for windows 7. but that microsoft employee has already said that it’s gonna be something different so i’m guessing a completley different kernel, like vista was to xp.

  4. observer April 11, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

    interesting how an american company supposedly uses the non-american time format of day/month/year instead of the american month/day/year …

    • BoB USN April 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

      obviously you have never severed your country the united states does use day/month/year format in date and hh:mm (AKA 24hr time seems you seem to know so much about date format) format in time…. non-military use the month/day/year

  5. Smanyzen April 25, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    whooa.. what a nice program …

  6. yehoshua May 27, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    what does windows need…
    a virus protection from the only people who know more about that than kaspersky and avast, who knows better than those who suffer them first hand!?
    perhaps an option to prompt any copying so that a virus can only copy it’s self if someone lets it via prompt, of course you would be able to toggle this in the control panel

  7. كازينو August 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

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  8. Chindoo April 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    I sick of this wondows upgrade every few years. I want to go back to XP, teh first good OS they released. Windows 7 isnot bad but not worth a release except for DLNA, 1 Audio channels for each app.
    DAmn Microsoft needs to slow down.

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