2012: now we know the truth: Windows 8

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  1. Eric S. macrumors 68040

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    CNET reports that at the Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles this week, a Microsoft slide show presented evidence for a 2012 release for Windows 8.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10402783-75.html

    Any relation between this and the end of the world is purely coincidental.
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    Why did go back to numbering their OSes again? They were at 98, up to 2000, then they switched to letters ME and XP and now they are back at 7, and now an upcoming 8? I'm so confused with the inconsistency. :p
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Given that Windows 7 is out now, how is the decision to name the next OS Windows 8 an inconsistency? :D

    You know, and then they have Windows 9, and then when they get to Windows 10, it'll be a stable and scalable operating system that they can expand upon for many years to come. Oh, wait, I think that story is about another operating system.... :eek:
     
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Because they're trying to be cool like Apple. I think we'll see Windows 8: Dachsund.

    BTW, 2012 is when MS takes over the world. :)
     
  5. jmann macrumors 604

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    I vote for it being abbreviated WinX ;)

    How about Windows 9: Poodle?
     
  6. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

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    It's not entirely inconsistent/random. They refer to the kernel revision numbers. It goes: Windows 1, Windows 2, Windows 3, Windows 4 (aka Windows 95/98/98SE/ME), Windows 6 (aka Windows XP), and Windows 7.

    Same goes for OS X: You've got 1-10, with other minor revisions (after the first decimal) along the way. 95/98/98SE/ME were all minor revisions of the Windows 4 kernel (like Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard).
     
  7. Nermal Moderator

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    Windows 7 is actually version 6.1 :)
     
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I'll be generous, going off actual progress made by Windows versions, and call them as such....

    - Windows 95 was really 1.0
    - Win2k was the next worthy iteration, 2.0
    - Windows XP was really just a prettying up of 2k, so 2.1
    - Vista was...
    - And then Windows 7 then can be version 3.0. :)
     
  9. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

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    7 is good already. Not good enough to keep me using pc's but good. Hopefully the next version will be even better.

    Why hate windows. There are things I do better in Windows, others I do better in linux and for everything else OS X. Most of the time I run all 3 simultaneously.

    We just need more RAM. 16gb on a laptop with a 8GB OS X and a couple of 3-4GB VM's for the win.
     
  10. KeriJane macrumors 6502a

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    So THAT'S why all those Prophets, Seers and Clairvoyants said 2012 is it!

    Wow! Such stunning accuracy. I'm genuinely impressed that all these people that lived hundreds of years ago could accurately predict the unveiling of Windows 8! Oh. Oops. I meant "End of the World". :p

    Have Fun,
    Keri

    PS. I wonder if Nostradamus mentions anything about an "Evil Hex being placed upon the world" at the end of days?

    PPS. Just Kidding, OK, Microserfs?
     
  11. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Rumor has it that it'll be ready for the ship no ark launch allowing you to steer with the power of your mind. Hopefully they will have service pack 1.0 out in time to either close the door or a bulkhead or the Americans are screwed!
     
  12. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

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    So what does that make Windows 1, 2, and 3? :p
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows#Versions
     
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    At least they can give a date. OSX 10.7 is ready when?
     
  14. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    They should change the name from Windows to something else.
     
  15. TSE macrumors 68030

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    It always goes about the same:

    Windows 95 - Innovating, but has problems
    Windows 98 - Doesn't innovate, but makes the OS more stable
    Windows ME/2000 - Innovates, but has problems
    Windows XP - Doesn't innovate, but makes the OS more stable
    Windows Vista - Innovates, but has problems
    Windows 7 - Doesn't innovate, but makes the OS more stable

    Some of these are highly disputable, but overall I would have to say that is how Microsoft has gone. Windows 7 broke the mold the most by changing the UI, but it didn't do much else besides fix Vista's problems.
     
  16. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    There was nothing innovative about Windows Me except System Restore and Automatic Updates. Basically, Gates was fed up with the operating system team because the consumer version of 2000 wasn’t ready, and forced Windows Me to the market thrown together.

    It was not a planned product. In fact, after 98 SE was released Microsoft specifically stated that there would be no more consumer releases based on the 9x kernel.

    PC Magazine named it the “mistake edition” when it came out.

    And Windows XP was fairly innovative.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_XP
     
  17. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    That pattern doesn't hold up at all. XP was more innovative than ME or 2000. Vista was not innovative, other than flip 3D and proving an OS could require a ridiculous amount of resources (for the time). Windows 7 is the most innovative Windows operating system I've seen since 95, simply because of the change in window management.
     
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    Vista also came with DX10 and Aero.
     
  19. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    What was so innovative about DX10? Didn't it just support new graphics cards?
     
  20. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Its the other way round. DX10 came first and the hardware came after to support it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct3D_10#Direct3D_10
     
  21. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    2000 was enough for me back in those days.

    At the time a NT-based OS with plug-in play with an additional multimedia features and hardware set was king until XP Service Pack 2.
     
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    By scheduling windows 8 after the end of the world, they won't have to worry about making release dates.
     
  23. Eric S. thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I'm sure Apple knows the date and could give it if they wanted to. They're just more into the secrecy thing.
     
  24. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    I'm sure they have a year/quarter. We'll likely find out at WWDC '10. Personally, I think 10.7 Cougar/Lynx will ship in the Spring 2011 time frame.
     
  25. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    And this helps customers how? Everyone rags on MS for coming up with a date for their next OS but at least it helps people to plan ahead. Secrecy only benefits the mind games played by a few Apple execs.
     

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