Windows 8 will hit the shelves in two years


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Just over a year ago, Microsoft released an operating system which we now know to be the fastest selling operating system in history. Neowin reported on Friday that Windows 7 had reached its one year birthday in which time it sold 240 million licenses of the OS.

Today, a Dutch representative for Microsoft posted on the company’s blog that Microsoft is currently working on the next version of Windows and will released to the market in two years. When questioned about the statement a Microsoft representative refused to comment.

Winrumors reported and translated the announcement which said “Furthermore, Microsoft is on course for the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years before “Windows 8 [is] on the market.” In an interview, CEO Steve Ballmer said that he believes the next version of Windows will be Microsoft’s “riskiest product bet”, most definitely a true statement with the huge success of Windows 7.

With the release of the problematic Windows Vista in 2007, Microsoft needed to bring something to the table that would rekindle their reputation. It’s definitely fair to say that Windows 7 did that, but can they bring something even better?

If the announcement is indeed true it would mean there will be a three year gap between Windows 7 and Windows 8. With businesses flocking to Windows 7 so quickly, is Microsoft making the time gap far too early?