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Windows 8, Microsoft's upcoming successor to Windows 7, will launch in 2012 according to a leak from Microsoft Netherlands.  (Source: Oxenti)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer insists that Windows 8 is his company's riskiest product, riskier even that its smart phone efforts. He would not say why, though.  (Source: Associated Press)
Microsoft tries to follow up its fastest selling operating system of all time

Windows 7 still has a ways to become the world's best selling operating system of all time, but it has already earned the distinction of being the fastest selling operating system ever.  That's a tough act to follow for Microsoft which is looking forward to its next operating system, even as it works on new Windows 7 updates and finishes phasing out Windows XP (which coincidentally was the best-selling OS of all time).

Some news has leaked out about the new operating system, which is rumored to be dubbed "Windows 8".  The first piece of news comes courtesy of Microsoft Netherlands, which posted the following announcement (translated using Google):

The phasing out of Windows XP, Microsoft is nearing completion. In July 2010, the support for Windows XP with Service Pack 2 stops. Today Microsoft will stop selling Windows XP to PC manufacturers and the aftermarket sales of Windows Vista. For Windows 7, Microsoft Service Pack 1. This service pack is still in the testing phase and is expected in the first half of next year available.The first update of Windows 7 is the new version of Windows Live Essentials ( became available in mid-June.  Furthermore, Microsoft is of course the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years before "Windows 8 on the market. The latest news about Windows is available at / blog 

The bolded sentence, according to Microsoft blog Windows 8 Beta, was in the article.  Microsoft appears to have swiftly removed it, and visiting the article on Monday, that sentence was no longer there.

A launch two years from now would place Windows 8 as launching in 2012.  Previously it was rumored that the operating system could launch as early as next year (2011).  It is still possible that Microsoft might get to testing the upcoming OS during next year.  And it's also possible that unintentional release of information was inaccurate.

More reliable, but more puzzling were comments by Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer on Windows 8.  Speaking to reporters at the Gartner Symposium, the outspoken executive reportedly called the upcoming OS the "riskiest" upcoming product from his company.  He failed to elaborate on what he meant by that.

It's pretty hard to believe that the upcoming OS could be riskier than Windows Phone 7, which follows up a poor showing in recent years by Windows Mobile 6/6.5.

One possibility could be a switch to a cloud-based operating system.  Microsoft has dabbled in cloud OS's with its Azure OS.  And Google's first personal computer operating system, Chrome OS, set to debut late this year or early next is a cloud-based OS as well.  Another possibility is perhaps an effort to consolidate software viability via a Windows Software Store (or something of that nature).  Apple made a similar move with its announcement that the App Store would soon vend Mac apps.

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RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By MozeeToby on 10/25/2010 10:58:15 AM , Rating: -1
64 bit required would mean abandoning the underpowered netbook market. You might be able to make arguments that at this point that is a good move (the profits are razor thin and the market is about to be flooded by Android powered devices) but I doubt that MS will see it that way, they've never known when to cut their losses and move on.

RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By Copaseticbob on 10/25/2010 11:03:53 AM , Rating: 2
Current gen dual-core atoms support 64-bit, by 2012 i'm sure we'll see it as a standard.

RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By jonmcc33 on 10/25/2010 9:35:24 PM , Rating: 2
Dual-core Atoms do exist but only on nettops. There's too much power draw on most netbooks. I haven't seen them in big numbers for netbooks.

RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By SlyNine on 10/28/2010 5:39:55 PM , Rating: 2
Agian 2010 now, 2012 then, full adoption 2013-2014.

RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By tastyratz on 10/25/2010 11:46:36 AM , Rating: 2
In 2 more years a "net book" will be a machine with the power of todays standard notebook most likely. I wouldn't be surprised if it went all 64 bit anyways purely due to a minimum ram of "only 4gb" on all machines sold period. Microsoft will probably capitalize on that and continue to increase ram utilization.

Also ms wont cut their losses, they will release a product and we will adapt to adopt. XP sales to oem terminating and support phasing out means it will have a much lower install base. New netbooks wont have xp so then it will be 7 or 8.
Lets face it, like it or not I will believe it when I see it for any other OS to gain a significant enough marketshare to be a viable alternative.

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