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The news is out that a blog post on Microsoft's Dutch subsidiary says it will take another two years to get Windows 8 on the market, but that's for the boxed, retail version, as betas have to come out first, and we should see those from 2011!

Microsoft's cycle of new operating system releases is ticking along on schedule thus far, with the first bit of Windows 8 info to 'leak' since the earlier multi-page presentation on many of Windows 8's features (including an app-store and more) found its way onto the Internet to spill the beans on Windows 8's current direction.

Whether the previous document was legitimate or not, it certainly sounded like it, with the goals in question being ones you'd likely want to see in your chosen operating system, whether it was Windows, Linux, Mac OS or something else.

So, consumers, businesses and Microsoft's competitors got a sneak peek into what was at least purported to be from Microsoft, leading to the expectation the next version is well in hand and will deliver a fresh new tablet-optimised interface that can be used alternately with the existing computing paradigm of keyboard and mouse for backwards compatibility, something Microsoft has been successful, for the most part, at delivering on.

The news is all over the Internet, but ZDNet's article 'Is two years too long to wait for Windows 8' has a reprint of the original Dutch text, with a translation into English. 

But that's the thing - those who want to try Windows 8 as soon as possible definitely won't have to wait too long at all to do so, and certainly not two years.

After all, this new 'leak' about Windows 8 isn't really a leak at all. That's because the next version of Windows should come three years after the last one. If last week in 2010 is the first year of Windows 7 availability, the same week in 2012 will be its third - at just the right time.

This is because any release needs to be RTM'd (released to manufacturing) by mid-year so there's plenty of time for OEMs to tweak Windows 8 well before year's end for a variety of devices from PCs, slates, tablets, smartphones, automotive PCs, the Surface platform and any else that emerge between now and then.

But the basics will be to get PCs and devices on shelves for the back-to-school season and then for the all-important end-of-year/Christmas/holiday shopping season. You've got to have your new OS out well before that time - there's no point releasing an OS in January as happened with Vista!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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