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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 jonmcc33 on 10/25/2010 9:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
You must be dreaming.

1. No on the 64-bit version only. That will happen in maybe 10 years.
2. Multi-core required sort of rules out the Intel Atom and netbook business. While it is Hyperthreaded, that isn't "multi-core".
3. NTFS works and provides a lot of backwards compatibility. There are media players that support NTFS.
4. The number of SKUs won't drop either.

RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By Silver2k7 on 10/26/2010 4:36:56 AM , Rating: 2
"You must be dreaming.
No on the 64-bit version only. That will happen in maybe 10 years."

LoL MS has chosed not to do this 2 times with Vista and 7.
But right now 64-bit is more necessary than ever.

32 bit limits:
you got the 4GB limit, so only totally 4GB of adress space avalible, so you can't have more RAM+VRAM and other caches etc exceed 4GB totally. That is very weak today when 4GB RAM should be standard.. also there are showing up a few gaming cards with 2GB VRAM. The 4GB limit will be more than useless in 2012. Dream on if you don't think dropping 32-bit is already a necessity.

Then there is the limit of large harddrives of 2.19TB... there have already been 2.5TB & 3TB released. You don't think there will be other larger models in 2012 ??

Your saying that 32-bit won't be dropped for another 10 years.. sorry pal but your the one who's dreaming now.

RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By Lugaidster on 10/27/2010 12:18:03 PM , Rating: 2
Please, I must insist. Stop the FUD. Neither VRAM nor HDDs are addressed directly by the CPU. It doesn't need 64-bits to address them. The CPU only addresses RAM and needs 64-bits to address more than 4GiB of virtual memory.

VRAM is addressed by the GPU, HDD is addressed by the SATA controller.

RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By SlyNine on 10/28/2010 5:50:20 PM , Rating: 2
Actually Vram does effect system ram, depending on how it's used. "As we have mentioned in previous articles, most modern system running in 32bit x86 mode have trouble seeing and using more than roughly 3GB of memory. This is because part of the total 4GB of memory space (not the physical memory) is reserved for various functions, such as computer components transferring data between each other using memory-mapped input-output(MMIO). The textbook example of this is the CPU transferring data to the memory of a video card, where a chunk of the address space equal to the size of the memory of the video card is reserved by the video card, and any data sent to those addresses actually ends up going to the video card. This design has many technical merits, but it makes the consumed memory addresses unavailable for use with physical memory." Anandtech.

RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By SlyNine on 10/28/2010 5:55:56 PM , Rating: 2
It is important for you to note, You can have larger drives, The limit comes when booting to that drive.

RE: Windows 8 "Risky"
By AlexWade on 10/26/2010 8:16:11 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, I remember reading (but I don't have the link) that Windows 8 was to be 64-bit only.

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