It seems like just yesterday we were putting on our cardigans and hamming it up with complete strangers at our Windows 7 party, and that's because it kind of was. And with Redmond's latest OS barely three months old, there's already talk of Windows 8, including a release date that was supposedly leaked to the Web.
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, former Microsoft employee Chris Green drew up a chart detailing Microsoft's roadmap for future product releases. In it, he reveals the following release schedule:
WIndows 8: July 1, 2011
Windows Server 2012: July 2, 2012
Office 2012: July 2, 2012
SQL Server 2011: July 1, 2011
SharePoint Server 2013: July 1, 2013
Exchange 2013: July 1, 2013
OCS 2010: December 1, 2010
These are all RTM (Release to Manufacturing) dates, and if they're legit, it means Microsoft plans to pull-forward the Windows 8 RTM date from what would typically be a three-year interval between OSes.