A Neowin article seems to indicate that Windows 8 has got a tentative release date of July 2011 which would mean just under 2 years between releases if this was true.
Certainly this seems to be a LOT quicker release schedule than we are accustom. However Microsoft did reduce the 6 year gap of Windows XP to Windows Vista down to 3 years with Windows Vista to Windows 7. So maybe a 2 year gap between Windows 7 and 8 is not going to be that unreasonable. This could mean Microsoft is going for a more incremental upgrade approach rather than the big leap approach like with Windows Vista that I am sure Microsoft does not want to repeat.
If this is the case we could well expect to see the beta of Windows 8 by the end of the year which seems more likely as screenshots have now started to leaked of a post Windows 7 build. These screenshots appears to show that this latest version was only compiled on the 22nd January 2010 at 7pm. .
The screenshots don’t indicate any new features and it is still sporting Internet Explorer 8 and not Internet Explorer 9 that Microsoft is has already previewed.
The really major news with this new build is that the Beta Fish is back as the default background image.
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