Microsoft: Pre-Release Windows 8 Launching in "Coming Months"

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GordonGenius

If you download Rainmeter (rainmeter.net), you can find an awesome, customizable, Windows 8-like skin calle Omnimo. I'll be ready on my Windows 7 netbook if an whe Windows 8 comes out!

Download: http://omnimo.info/

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winmaster

I don't understand why everone thinks this is unusual for Microsoft to release a new OS so soon after Windows 7. Except for the XP-Vista gap, this follows their pattern closely.

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GreenTurtle

Ok... who will be the first to MasterB8 ?

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Donhildenbrand

Bah! Windoze 3.0 works just fine for me... ;-)

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JohnP

I am a Technet subscriber so I should see this sooner rather than later. I have a ton of leftover hard drives so I will dual boot for a while and let you know the results...

So far nothing is listed in the subscriber downloads.

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Tarkooka

windows 8 being released this soon would be suicide
7 is barely ahead of xp and vista may have faded but many still use it
i even have some casual pc friends who just surf the web that still think vista is the newest version
i REALLY think they should dedicate this to tablets as android did with honeycomb
mobiles, tablets and desktops should have dedicated operating systems
i hate to say this but the best example is what apple has done with iphones, ipads and macs

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Neufeldt2002

"Microsoft's calling the open-communication initiative "Building Windows 8," or "B8" for short. The ultimate goal is "to have a two-way dialog with you about design choices, real-world data and usage, and new opportunities that are part of Windows 8," Sinofsky says."

I thought that they weren't interested in user feedback?

 

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Cregan89

Haha yeah, just another example of a tech news website twisting the words of a "Microsoft Customer Service Representative" into a wild accusation. 

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tornato7

I expect MPC to release a full review as soon as the beta is released

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TommM

I am not even remotely interested in Windows 8.  From what I've read so far, it's primarily focused to  accomodate various devices like smartphones, netbooks and cloud computing.  I don't use any of that stuff.

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I Jedi

I can appreciate Microsoft's push to release new OS's a lot faster, but I see some drawbacks to this. Namely that there is going to be an outcry from the average consumer over their precious Windows 7 being obsolete in their eyes.

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TerribleToaster

I'm more concerned about how much it costs for the OS with this faster release schedule. It would be hard to stomach paying ~$150-200 (USD) every year to keep an operating system up to date when it use to cost ~$150-200 for a few years. Are they going to lower prices for the consumer?

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I Jedi

@ TerribleToaster

I share your concern in this matter. I, like you, don't want to be paying enormous amounts of money every few years just to stay current with the latest and greatest that Microsoft has to offer; however, with that said, I think people need to look at upgrading from more of a security standpoint, not a feature standpoint. Sure, if there is a really great feature(s) you want, and you can justify to yourself that spending that much money to upgrade to a new OS because of it is worth it, go ahead. I also, though, believe that everyone should consider the security standpoint more so when considering to upgrade to a new version of Windows.

As we all know, Windows XP is a very old OS, and it has its share of security flaws that Windows 7 does not. So much so, that hackers, script kiddies, malware makers and the likes continue to target Windows XP the most. This could be do to Windows XP's popularity amongst the average consumer still, but I believe that it has to do with the fact that Windows 7, in a nutshell, is a lot harder to beat down than Windows XP. Yes, Windows 7 has its flaws, but when upgrading to a new OS, you should always ask yourself, "Does this new version from Microsoft offer much more security than my current version?" If the answer is a resounding yes, you should upgrade. Of course, you could say that every new version of Windows has a bit more security added to it, but I'm talking about significant vulnerabilities.

The key of thumb is not to upgrade to the coolest and newest thing, but to evaluate the feature aspect, the capability aspect, and most importantly, the security aspect of the OS at hand.

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TerribleToaster

I upgrade to ensure compatibility more so than for security reasons.

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Cregan89

Windows Vista was released in 2006. Windows 7 in 2009. Windows 8 is scheduled for 2012.

And I just checked, and Windows 7 Home Premium is priced at $99 OEM, or $199 Retail if for some reason you decide to go that route.

So it sounds to me like $100-200 every three years. Not ~$150-200 every year. 

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TerribleToaster

 

Nice cherry picking on your data. You left out Wins XP, the predecessor to Vista. From 2001 (5 years). Or if you are the large number of people (including  some of MS's high command) you thnk of Win7 as the true sucessor to Xp (so from 8 years). Now before that Windows had a ton of OS's, but the major one was Win95 (6 years) and before that Windows 3 in 1990 (5 years). Going from about 1-2 major releases a decade (about a 5 yaer+ cycle) to 3-4 years (a 3 year cycle) between major releases is a big difference. And since major players in the software industry already do a yearly release schedule (i.e. AutoCAD) it's not farfetched for MS to go down to yearly releases.

 

Ad far as prices go, I'm assuming you are buying an OS, not getting a new computer. But if you really want to lower the price floor, I got Win7 for $39.99 with all my discounts when it came out. Retail is still $200 and my worry is that it will stay at that level (as long as they can contiune compatiblity between new versions of their OS, I don't really care if they go to a yearly cycle). And that's the thing about it, you can't possibly know yet whether that they will reduce prices or not as their release scheudule continues to speed up. They very well may reduces prices and my worrying is for naught, but we don't know, hence I worry.

 

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someuid

They should just offer a separate GUI update and leave the base OS alone.  Charge $50 and folks will eat it up and we won't have to re-engineer our networks around new features we can probably do without for the time being.

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