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Microsoft Corp. has started to supply the final build of Microsoft Windows 8 "Milestone 2" operating system to a group of testers as well as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Based on unofficial reports, the software giant is on schedule with its pre-releases and the operating system should hit the market in early 2013.

According to Wzor.net web-site, which specializes on leaking various builds of software by Microsoft, the world's largest software designer made available the Windows 8 M2 build 7971.0.110324-1900 to an expanded group of testers as well as personal computer makers earlier this week through its Microsoft Connect web-site. Observers from Wzor expect the build to be leaked to the Internet by the weekend.

The creation of the third (M3) phase was supposed to be started in March, 2011. After the M3 is finished, Microsoft is expected to release community technology preview (CTP) version, public Beta-1 and Beta-2, then unveil a release candidate (RC) and after that assemble the final version sometimes in late 2012. The software giant reportedly plans to release the operating system in retail in early 2013.

There are ongoing rumours - which are not supported by actual facts - that Microsoft may release a special Windows 8 version for tablets in 2012. Besides, there are rumours that the company plans to show off the user interface of Windows 8 in mid-2011. Although tablets are supported by Windows 8, the operating system for slate-type PCs due next year may not feature all the capabilities of the Windows 8 and thus may carry a different name.

Microsoft did not comment on the story.

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Is Microsoft finally going to release this "gaming" OS they rumored before Vistas Release? Or was this just to keep gamers interested in new builds. To me Windows 7 is the next XP, I don't see it getting replaced anytime soon. Unless Windows 8 is just an updated version of Windows 7; if it is a complete rebuild it will be like Windows 2000 and ME.
0 0 [Posted by: LedHed  | Date: 03/31/11 05:13:18 AM]
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Well, Windows 2000 was a step forward based on NT 4.0, but ME was just another iteration of Windows 95.
0 0 [Posted by: Martian  | Date: 03/31/11 05:22:32 AM]
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Windows 8 is just an iteration on 7. And besides the eyecandy and a few minute system changes and better SSD support; Windows 7 just manages to be an update on Vista.

ME was also just Windows 98 with an attempt to add some NT functionality to the consumer market. I think at the end of the day that was why you ended up with XP using the NT kernel instead of being an iteration of 98. Most people that knew better were already dumping 98 for 2000 as it was immensely more stable, ran on most hardware well, and had a smaller footprint.
0 0 [Posted by: ogreslayer  | Date: 03/31/11 10:34:58 AM]
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windows 7 was in development BEFORE vista
miscrosoft felt they needed to fill in the gap. so rushed vista out.

0 0 [Posted by: ultimaone  | Date: 04/02/11 09:55:30 AM]
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actually windows 7 is vista how it should have been
0 0 [Posted by: asmileXD  | Date: 04/03/11 01:45:56 PM]
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Do I smell a fish?
0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 04/01/11 04:10:26 AM]
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something must be wrong with your nose then.
0 0 [Posted by: asmileXD  | Date: 04/03/11 01:46:25 PM]
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@LedHed
Windows 2000 was actually a great OS with no important issues.

You probably wanted to say Vista and ME.
0 0 [Posted by: mXan  | Date: 04/01/11 09:38:17 AM]
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To have a working version of any type of windows 8 so soon would point to the fact that it might be just a very tweaked windows 7 unless they can come out with news that the core OS was mostly rewritten.
0 0 [Posted by: efex  | Date: 04/01/11 03:08:21 PM]
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Correct. Windows 8 is pretty much a better Windows 7. Installation time, better system restore, better touch support...etc They have a new core in development for windows 9 which is when direct connect (windows version of multi-boot "Appliances like dvd player" will be featured. Microsoft simply can't make a good OS because that would mean the end of their business so to speak. It's in their interest to slow pace it and suck the consumer as much as possible.
0 0 [Posted by: ericore  | Date: 04/01/11 05:15:22 PM]
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do note the version windows 8 carries is 6.2.xxxx
which is already very indicative only x.1 up compared to win 7
0 0 [Posted by: asmileXD  | Date: 04/03/11 01:47:51 PM]
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