The next major version of Windows is due to arrive in about two years, Microsoft let slip in a blog post on its Dutch website. That info was apparently supposed to be kept under wraps, as the software juggernaut has gone and removed all references to Windows 8 and replaced it with talk about the first Service Pack for Windows 7.
Should Microsoft release Windows 8 two years from now, that would put a three-year gap between it and Windows 7, which launched in October 2009. According to leaked slides that have popped up on the Web, the next version of Windows will include a faster startup, facial recognition as a security option, improved tablet support, and perhaps an app store.
In the meantime, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is due to arrive in the first half of 2011, the Dutch blog post mentions.