Those unhappy with, or simply not that excited about, Windows 7, got a good bit of news today, as Microsoft released a roadmap for Windows 8, and how it will fit into the delivery of other products.

Giving a 3 year run for Windows 7 means the end of 2012 will be the projected release date for Windows 8, which will give holdouts that much more time to become accustomed to the idea of moving away from XP. It will also give Microsoft time to see how it might need to change plans according to he numbers still using XP.

Is Microsoft finally switching to a different programming model? It used to be that we only had previous Microsoft efforts to judge how much could be accomplished in each unit of time, but now, with the various large distributions of Linux we can see how much can be accomplished by a loose woven group of programmers, and wonder what Microsoft could accomplish if pressed.

gHacks fills in the blanks –

Microsoft has released two roadmaps at this years Professional Developer’s Conference (PDC 2009) which both suggest a Windows 8 release in 2012. This confirms earlier rumors that Microsoft’s next desktop operating system after Windows 7 would be released in three year’s time. To be more precise, the roadmaps that Microsoft showcased at the conference show the Microsoft server releases over the years. The first of the two roadmaps does mention Windows 7 (but not Windows Vista) along with Windows Server 2003 and 2008 releases.

The 2012 release is codenamed Windows 8 and Microsoft does not explicitly state that this will also be the release year of the new operating system although that is generally assumed by everyone.

Windows 8, which is currently only a codename for the new operating system (did not they say so previously when asked about Windows 7 as well?), will be major released opposed to the release updates Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

Our thanks to Stephen Chapman for publishing those two Windows roadmap images. Check out the Windows 8 News website for the latest news and rumors about Microsoft’s upcoming operating system Windows 8.

The pictures show what is described above, and show the 2yr, 4yr cycle that Microsoft seems to want to follow. It is hard not to think of the Intel tick-tock model, though Microsoft’s clock is somewhat slower.

Will Microsoft be able to keep the pace? It has proven in the past that deadlines are simply not something that it worries about much. A deadline is no big deal when you’re the only game in town.

The thing is, though still the big boy on the block, Microsoft is no longer the only game in town.

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