Windows 8 to be released in 2011?

How long has Windows 7 been out, 6-8 months? Apparently Microsoft already has plans for Windows 8. A leaked document by former Microsoft employee Chris Green reveals that Windows 8 may be released in 2011:

(Windows 8 probably won’t be called Windows 8 when it is released.)

The document also gives details on other products such as Microsoft Office 2012 which, not surprisingly, may be released in 2012. Read the full report for more detail.

This is very interesting, very interesting indeed. Of course, it could be a fake leak, or a spiteful employee getting the last laugh at this employer. It is worth mentioning that some of the facts are not correct in the document, such as Windows Vista RTM was released November 6, 2006 not January 25, 2007 and retail was released January 30, 2007 not January 25, 2007. Still, it is very interesting. Feel free to share your comments below.

[via WindowsEight]

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23 comments

  1. Rony

    Microsoft is like Hitler, we must buy Microsoft?
    NO, microsoft is Zero, windows don use 64 bits only use 48 bits, But Linux USE THE 64 BIT , feuw bugs, but mor power full for the cumputer, games, video, programs, etc, etc, Linux have all in one dvd, open office, progras for factory or house.
    Microsoft what?
    one dvd for windows one dvd for office, how many dvd we muast install on the computer?
    LINUX I LIKE IT, we can download Linux for free, windows no, me must have crack.

  2. rezidue

    @Unicorn02: you mirrored my sentiments exactly. BTW, I just installed Wubi Ubuntu the other day – very nice. Trouble with a total switch for me is my use of RoboForm (and a couple other small programmes I find useful). May have to switch to a different password manager except I’m not keen on the alternatives right now. Ubuntu (Linux) has been very well thought out, it’s a totally viable solution to escape the Microsoft grip…
    Regards – Damian
    P.S. I figured that if you put the 8 on it’s side you have the infinity symbol. Buy that and MS have you forever…

  3. Unicorn02

    I don’t know what the fuss is all about. Windows XP will have support until mid 2014. Until then I won’t upgrade.
    To get my personal approval, Windows has to pass these prerequistes:
    1. Use less memory than Windows XP
    2. Smaller installation size than XP (no unnecessary crap).
    3. Faster than XP.
    …. Guess I will go Linux after mid 2014… :-)

  4. jabtano

    Funny I use three OS. xp-vista-win-7 on three different machines.what is even stranger is that I like all three. ok vista being the lest.
    I think the big M is being smart coming out with a new OS. every couple of years, the tech world changes fast and they now have competitors.

  5. WECH

    I would be more interested if MS release new file system ( WinFS ?) than operating system, the data storage getting bigger and bigger, sophisticate file system would set new standard for technology advancing, like the FAT vs. NTFS.

  6. MerryMarjie

    I’m economically tied to Vista for a while longer so I’d be interested in the true release date of Win8, but this looks a bit dubious.  Let us know when MS gives the official green light!

  7. Mike Brazil

    It’s unlikely that Microsoft, an American company, would use the date format shown in the graphic (day/month/year). In the US, the month/day/year format is used almost exclusively.  This makes me suspect that the “leak” is a hoax.

  8. Adder

    Looks to me as though this could have been a longterm plan, perhaps sent out to certain employees/managers a few years ago which would explain the errors.  Most certainly Windows 8 is already in the works, but a release date barely a year and a half after Windows 7 appeared is very hard to believe.  Personally, I expect to see Win 8 sometime around the end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012.

  9. Doru

    They want more money,they believe that peoples will be rich after this crisis and they spend money only because appear a new sistem.Also can loock like frivolous and uncertainty.Or only want to test reactions.

  10. ha14

    Hope they are releasing a 32bits version, as I heared Microsoft no more interested in 32bits!!! But releasing windows 8 next year means that possible windows 7 has some holes or Microsoft MASTERED WINDOWS TECHNOLOGIES!!!!