Microsoft Windows 7 is due retail release on October 22, 2009 and according to some reports Microsoft has already started working on Windows 8, we have seen artists conceptualizing Microsoft Windows 8 GUI and features via creations like Windows 8 Transformation Pack and Windows 8 Superbar but the real shocker came when I saw a leaked version of Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Edition available for download on a torrent portal accompanied with the following screen-shots.
Looking at the screenshot anybody with a fair amount of technological knowledge can say its a release similar to the Microsoft DirectX 11 for XP and Vista, I would strongly suggest everybody to stay away from these malicious fakes and download only from trusted sources.
Windows 8 Professional Edition (Leaked Version)| 4.2 GB
With Windows 7 poised like a racehorse huffing at the start gate, it's hard to imagine plans for the next version. However, if a leaked roadmap from the Italian Microsoft subsidiary is correct, consumers may see Windows 8 sometimes around 2012. Granted it's easy to doctor a roadmap image using Photoshop and what not, a new OS three years from now certainly isn't unlikely.
This blog points out the tilda next to the date, indicating that Microsoft isn't exactly locked on a 2012 deadline, giving the company some breathing room. "That tilda keeps things nice 'n loose for Microsoft's public deadline, but if Windows 7's development is exemplary of how future versions of Windows are to be developed, (2nd half of) 2012 could be considered a worst-case scenario for the delivery of Windows 8 Server," the blog reads.
As pointed out by PC Games Hardware, Microsoft's chief of development Steven Sinofsky introduced a method of planning conservative release dates with Windows 7 to prevent another Windows Vista scenario. With that said, Microsoft may internally target an earlier release date with Windows 8.