Microsoft: Windows 8 is about two years away

By Emil · 87 replies
Oct 24, 2010
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  1. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Another excuse for bloat!
    and feeding the accelerating cycle ...
    1. Software we don't need and requiring hardware that hasn't yet been made.
    2. The new hardware will then need new software that hasn't been developed : return to step one.

    But there is no profit in simply perfecting the existing.
    The system is driven by sales.
    Sales require new product, not product updates/ patches.
    And, μ$oft's philosophy has always been "new bells and whistles", not refinement/perfection of the existing.

  2. ryan29121

    ryan29121 TS Booster Posts: 174

    Microsoft has the right idea on releasing a new version of windows every 2-3 years. It makes them so much money, because everyone upgrades their computer. Hope windows 8 is just as good as win 7 is.
  3. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Because it is pointless to hope it will be truly better!
  4. rizalp

    rizalp TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Maybe they should start with getting rid of the registry, and start with the new one?
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Upgrade disks always cost less. I'm sure they'll use those. And anyway, every three or so years is a decent time, and it's not that time frame is definite. Look at XP.
  6. Renegeek

    Renegeek TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    I think, if a new OS is released every 2-3 years, The Price should be. Basic=40.00 , home=60, pro=80, ult=100, Server=120... and thats it, dont make it any more expensive then that, because , anything higher than that, is just greedy... (just my thought...)
  7. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    I think those prices are on target (if it is US/CAN $). But I would like to see a greater simplification of versions, like Home and Business/Ultimate. Server versions are an entirely different beast.
  8. UT66

    UT66 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    i had to chop tons useless garbage out of w7 to make it usable, and the only benefit i got was " i can use more memory" i still think xp was better. lets pray google os is a resounding success, im tired of this ms guys taking us for granted ( i mean Alan wake? that was despicable msoft)
  9. jazboy

    jazboy TS Rookie Posts: 112

    What improvement / extra features will be there in windows 8. I guess its too early to say at this time. I upgraded my OS to windows 7 because of its good review. But this time i am thinking to shift to Linux. Ubuntu can be great choice. I don't see much reason to spent $200 which you can get pretty much on free.
  10. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    .....really? It's useable right out of the box. I put it in, set it up, and immediately made use of all its features. But I do realize that not everyone requires the same features. The new search and aero features have made my work SO much better, whereas some of my friends have no need for them.

    It's gotta suck to pay so much for an OS and then take out half of its features, lol. That's why I like to do extensive researching of a product a week after its release before I buy it.
  11. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    What the hell are you "chopping"? And is your quote about memory a reference to switching from 32 to 64 bit, or how Windows 7 will use less memory if you "chop it"? Use Windows 7 with hardware that is above the minimum requirements for a year and then tell me you like XP better. Chrome OS will fit a niche, but it's not replacing Windows.

    And what is it you think The Windows team had to do with Alan Wake? It was developed by Remedy Entertainment, and published by Microsoft Game Studios. Neither of which have much to do with the development of Windows.
  12. mjsnrocks

    mjsnrocks TS Rookie

    Taking a page out of Microsoft's own commercial, Windows 8 was my idea :p
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Thats pretty true, you can dl a batch file to do 95% of it for you. There is a url like windows2008toworkstation . com or something, which also takes a bit of a leap of faith to trust, but they actually give good directions, so I followed those.
  14. speeedy6

    speeedy6 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I also think they need to lower the price if they plan on releasing new operating systems in shorter increments. I realize they are trying to avoid having one OS dominate like XP did for so long which made people reluctant to move on when vista came out. It's probably all in the pricing but unless there are some major leaps forward in the next OS I doubt it will be super successful.
  15. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    I was a late adopter to Vista, and did not see all the huff n puff that the early adopters had. I have a feeling Windows 8 is going to be something similar. I may wait until Windows 9 is on the horizon before I even think about upgrading from 7.

    Truthfully, Microcrap should move their rollout schedules from three years to six. This would allow for a longer development time frame, as well as a longer beta period to remove all of the crap bugs that their developers introduce. Take their time, get it right the first time, hear less complaints, have a better image.
  16. uttaradhaka

    uttaradhaka TS Rookie Posts: 53

    200 dollars is a lot of money, especially in these times. Windows 7 is an OS that can easily last at least 5 years. Microsoft is really pushing it with such a short life cycle. But in my opinion, there won't be anything in Windows 8 that is not going to be in Windows 7 (with the help of third party apps of course). So, I'm going to stick to Windows 7 for as long as its valid, because I don't buy stuff because it just came out. I buy things because it is going to improve my experience and benefit me in real terms.
  17. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    It is sooo very sad that Microsoft "pulled an Intel" and named Windows 6.1 "7", and now they are likely to continue in the very same fashion; Windows 7.0 = "Windows 8", Windows 8.0 = "Windows 9". Just like Intel did when they named the successor to the 80486 "p1" (as in pentium).
  18. Skyphox

    Skyphox TS Rookie

    I'm with you on that one!
  19. ok
    ill wait for Windows 8 Second Edition then
    remember Windows 98? :D
  20. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    This statement isn't entirely true, there are times when MS is the actual inventor of something new, and likes of Apple and others copy them, at other times the case me be true in reverse.
  21. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Windows XP really is still a first choice to some of my clients. If windows 8 could make such an impact, I see no reason why windows 8 wont sell even better than 7 and vista, considering compatibilty issues amongst other things.
  22. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    As Windows 7 reaches the 1 year mark, many users like myself are still getting used to the new OS. I feel that it will take time to get comfortable using Windows 7 having spent the better part of the last decade using Windows XP. I hope that Microsoft will let Windows 7 mature a bit, maybe release one or two service packs and let the users discover the full potential of the OS before releasing Windows 8 or whatever they will call the next version of Windows. My user experience with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit has been great so far. I want the next version of Windows to be more than just an evolutionary step. After all, who wants to pay for the next version of Windows when it looks and feels like Windows 7 Service Pack 2 ?
  23. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    We can't just sit around. We need to push forward. Microsoft is trying to go back to their 3 year strategy.
  24. Nexus7Model

    Nexus7Model TS Rookie

    Windows 8 is about two years away...and about 4 years before I would adopt it! Only this month did I break down and purchase Win7 64-bit...
  25. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +1,092

    Besides the price i'm much more interested in what changes they're going to make to the new OS. They say that they are taking a lot of "risks" but not even small rumors about what those risks are can be found anywhere on the internet.

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