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When Will Windows 8 Be Released?

by Sean P. Aune | January 24, 2010January 24, 2010 3:35 am EST

How are you enjoying Windows 7 so far?  Liking the improved stability?  Faster boot times?  Basically thrilling to the fact it isn’t Vista?  Well, hopefully you answered ‘yes’ to all of those, but have you already started pondering when Windows 8 will drop into our laps?

Due to the lengthy development cycle for major releases such as Windows 8, work actually started on the next iteration of the operating system before Windows 7 had even shipped out the door.  The Codename Windows blog reported on April 15, 2009 that Microsoft was already looking for programmers to work on the next version. The bloggers found a job posting, that has since been deleted, that said:

win8For the upcoming version of Windows, new critical features are being worked on including cluster support and support for one way replication. The core engine is also being reworked to provide dramatic performance improvements. We will also soon be starting major improvements for Windows 8 where we will be including innovative features which will revolutionize file access in branch offices.

It isn’t a whole lot to go from obviously, but it at least gives us a starting point to work from.  So, if we know as early as April Microsoft was working on it, lets take a look at the release dates for the last four mass market releases for some guidance on the time span between each:

OS Version

Release Date

Windows 98

June 25, 1998

Windows XP

October 25, 2001

Windows Vista

November 30, 2006

Windows 7

October 22, 2009

With the exception of the well-known five-year gap between Windows XP and Windows Vista, we’ve been on a fairly steady three-year release cycle.  With Windows 7 coming out in Oct. 2009, it isn’t too hard to surmise that we are probably looking at Fall 2012 as the projected target date for Windows 8.

Does that mean it’s a definite?  Of course not, this is all guess work on our part and nothing more, but isn’t it nice to at least have a ball park idea of when we’re all going to need to upgrade our computers once again?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...