Ex-Microsoft worker pens Windows 8 for July 2011

Is Microsoft looking to close the gaps between major OS updates?  A posting on an MSDN blog may shed some serious light on Microsoft’s upcoming release schedule.  According to Chris Green, a developer who recently finished working for Microsoft, Windows 8 mainstream support is targeted for 07/01/2011 which is the first date that we have seen regarding the release of Microsoft’s next OS.

Other dates of interest are for Office 2012 which shows a targeted date 7/2/2012.  While there is a lot of speculation involved with the release dates mentioned, some of the dates are correct for previous launches.  The chart stipulates Office 2010 for a June release and we know that this has already been confirmed by Microsoft.

The dates, as always, should be taken with a grain of salt.  But, the depth and detail of the chart is impressive and should give us a rough estimate of Microsoft’s upcoming plans.   The full chart is posted below, (warning: PDF).

Download: MS Roadmap

Thanks to Ma-Config for the news tip

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I think thie likelihood of Windows 8 coming out in July 2011, which is less than 18 months time, is very slim.

i like new Os in 2-3 years becose hardware changing very fast .xp for example will not have usb3 support (sorry my bad english) . i waiting win7 sp1 beta to test when it out.

Windows 7 = 2009

we won't really need any major release of windows for a good 4-5 years.

since Windows 7 was so widely adopted i think it will become the new standard like how Windows XP was a while ago. if that's true then i see another Vista thing happening with Windows 8 or at the very least, it won't be all that much of a reason to upgrade.

ThaCrip said,
Windows 7 = 2009

we won't really need any major release of windows for a good 4-5 years.

since Windows 7 was so widely adopted i think it will become the new standard like how Windows XP was a while ago. if that's true then i see another Vista thing happening with Windows 8 or at the very least, it won't be all that much of a reason to upgrade.

that why they won't release it after 5 year
so people doesn't cling with win7

The main reason they're going for a 2 to 3 year release schedule is to keep the businesses that have Software Assurance contracts happy. They get the next release for no charge during their contract time.

Closing the gap between releases is a good thing but the problem is the price. They charge quite the premium each time around. Whereas Apple has a significantly lower cost for each OS update. If Microsoft lowered the price for these quick releases I'm all for it. But I suspect they will keep them high and **** off their consumers.

Xero said,
Closing the gap between releases is a good thing but the problem is the price. They charge quite the premium each time around. Whereas Apple has a significantly lower cost for each OS update. If Microsoft lowered the price for these quick releases I'm all for it. But I suspect they will keep them high and **** off their consumers.

I dunno, they could do the whole pre-order or limited time offer like they did with Win7 over again. So $50 and $100 depending on the version. Thus those who will be upgrading will buy them and not wait, and those who just get windows with a new PC won't be effected either way.

Can't wait until the beta comes out, need something to play with again. Win 7 was fun now it is time for a new one 7 is getting old. . .LOL

Pam14160 said,
Can't wait until the beta comes out, need something to play with again. Win 7 was fun now it is time for a new one 7 is getting old. . .LOL

You can't be serious? Lol. I still find myself wanting Windows 7 over anything else.

It's going to be hard for MS to justify a switch from the widely accepted Windows 7. I can see the XP-Vista thing all over again.

helios01 said,
It's going to be hard for MS to justify a switch from the widely accepted Windows 7. I can see the XP-Vista thing all over again.
That entirely depends on what Windows 8 is like. If people get the feelling it's like Windows 7, it shouldn't be an issue.

Way too early... IMO they shouldn't release a new OS till 2013 at the earliest. Everything WORKS right now, and there isn't much coming out that I can tell or heard of in the next 2-3 years that warrant a new OS built from the ground up. We all know whatever comes out if by this date listed will be built on Win7 and nothing special in regards to features and special additions. If this is true I wouldn't expect people to jump ship (xp and vista) like they did with Win7 to this release.

sava700 said,
Way too early... IMO they shouldn't release a new OS till 2013 at the earliest. Everything WORKS right now, and there isn't much coming out that I can tell or heard of in the next 2-3 years that warrant a new OS built from the ground up. We all know whatever comes out if by this date listed will be built on Win7 and nothing special in regards to features and special additions. If this is true I wouldn't expect people to jump ship (xp and vista) like they did with Win7 to this release.
What makes you think Win8 would be rebuilt from the ground up?

I doubt you'll have the same opinion about advances in a year and a half, tbh.

Please don't start reversing dates into silly formats.

It lists 01-07-2011 (international), not 07-01-2011 (US) - if you want to avoid confusing people use 2011-07-01, that is at least unambiguous.

Kirkburn said,
Please don't start reversing dates into silly formats.

It lists 01-07-2011 (international), not 07-01-2011 (US) - if you want to avoid confusing people use 2011-07-01, that is at least unambiguous.


It's releasing January 7th, 2011? Yeah - not really unambiguous.

DClark said,

It's releasing January 7th, 2011? Yeah - not really unambiguous.
Exactly. Even on the screenshot you have to check the rest of the release dates to check they're in DDMMYY, but then the article switches it around to MMDDYY. Argh!

YYYY-MM-DD is the only format that isn't confusing internationally, because no-one sane uses YYYY-DD-MM.

Or, you write the dates out as text. That works too.

Edited by Kirkburn, Jan 28 2010, 1:50am :

OMG, we can't have an OS for at least one year?! are you joking with me? How much money do they need? This reminds me of the new games that have been coming out and then releasing "DLC's" That could have just come with the game. People are so greedy.

AJC. said,
OMG, we can't have an OS for at least one year?! are you joking with me? How much money do they need? This reminds me of the new games that have been coming out and then releasing "DLC's" That could have just come with the game. People are so greedy.
What? Its still a year and a half away according to the data provided.

Geez calm yourself. I'd rather them work on an operating system now then just wait 2 years then take another 2-3 years to actually get it released.

Stop complaining about it and just embrace it.

Windows 95 -> 98, 98 -> SE, SE -> ME, ME -> XP == "This release schedule is unbelievable. They are forcing us to update over and over, creating a MS Tax. M$ is just too greedy."

XP -> Vista == "This release schedule is unbelievable. They need to release a new operating system because they are falling behind the competition. XP is outdated and we need something new"

Vista -> Win7, Win7 -> Win8 == "This release schedule is unbelievable. They are forcing us to update over and over, creating a MS Tax. M$ is just too greedy."

Damned if you do, Damned if you don't.

Apple release a new OS every two years and nobody says thing, but if Microsoft releases one every three years every body starts screaming all Microsoft is doing is being greedy.

Get a life. . .

AJC. said,
OMG, we can't have an OS for at least one year?! are you joking with me? How much money do they need? This reminds me of the new games that have been coming out and then releasing "DLC's" That could have just come with the game. People are so greedy.

That date sounds to me like the start of the Beta. Since windows now does public betas and so on, same with win7 when it's first beta landed late in the year etc.

Win7 RTMd in 2009, so if Win8 RTMs in late 2011 or early 2012 that would be fine imo.

GP007 said,

That date sounds to me like the start of the Beta. Since windows now does public betas and so on, same with win7 when it's first beta landed late in the year etc.

I agree. That's surely the first beta release date. It basically just shows the beginning of support for the new OS.

Edited by Jebadiah, Jan 28 2010, 1:45pm :

bsbeta said,
wow seems quick but they do need to start pushing out OS updates quicker. Gotta catch up with Apple!
Oh yeah, I really want 5 service packs a year.

iamwhoiam said,
Oh yeah, I really want 5 service packs a year.

Better to have updates to correct problems, than no updates and just leaving the problems there...

Pauleh said,

Better to have updates to correct problems, than no updates and just leaving the problems there...

Just what the hell are you talking about?

Not sure what to make of it. Some dates are correct, others clearly aren't. For example, it shows Visual Studio 2010 RTM'ing in early December, 2009.

And yeah, the Neowin watermark is weird since it's an image from somebody else's document.

boogerjones said,
Not sure what to make of it. Some dates are correct, others clearly aren't. For example, it shows Visual Studio 2010 RTM'ing in early December, 2009.

And yeah, the Neowin watermark is weird since it's an image from somebody else's document.

News looks like to be correct. Because Windows 8 release planning is begining on 22nd Feb.

I don't know how to insert an image here. I have few images related to Win 8 planning that I want to show you guys.

Edited by Vikas, Jan 28 2010, 3:08am :

SharpGreen said,
why did you put the watermark over the date?

Why do these sites use watermarks at all? You all just copy and paste from each other anyway!

SharpGreen said,
why did you put the watermark over the date?

lol, well, this time I sort of agree as it's not a Neowin exclusive, but anyway, if you really care about this, the PDF is watermark-free. :p

Shiranui said,

Why do these sites use watermarks at all? You all just copy and paste from each other anyway!

Where unprofessional Journalism Looks Better... :P EXCLUSIVE and Watermarks are pretty lame. We respect the articles just as much without ...etc.