While Windows 7 has yet to celebrate its first year on the market, Windows 8 has been in planning since early in 2009, well before Microsoft had signed off on its predecessor.
Certainly, at just 10 months since Windows 7’s GA (General Availability), and half a year before Windows 7 SP1, it is still far too early to talk Windows 8.
So early in fact, that the Redmond company has yet to reveal any sort of details on the next major iteration of Windows, let alone discuss anything specific.
According to speculation from various sources, the earliest that the public can hope to get a taste of Windows 8 is in mid-2011.
The software giant is reportedly planning the first Beta development milestone of Windows 7’s successor for the summer of next year.
This of course is a must if Microsoft wants to indeed deliver Windows 8 within three years since the release of Windows 7.
Directions on Microsoft Research Vice President Michael Cherry authored a list detailing his vision of must have Windows 8 features, in a report he shared with CIO.