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    Windows 8 Roadmap: Development is on time, Milestone 3 starting next week

    Posted: 21 Feb 2011 02:32 PM PST

    Windows 8 M2/M3 Roadmap leaked by Mary Jo-Foley

    According to a recent roadmap leaked to Mary-Jo Foley in early 2011, Windows 8 development appears to be on-time. The date for Milestone 2′s “Final Build Candidate” matches the one in the most recent build string: 6.2.7947.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110218-1608

    Furthermore, this roadmap once again confirms that the previous rumor was true: Windows 8 Milestone 3 coding will begin starting February 28th, 2011. It is surprising how close this roadmap is to the leaked dates we have been hearing in the scene.

    What does this mean for future dates (or leaks?)

    If Milestone 3 also takes five months as Milestone 2 did, this could mean we could see a beta ready in time for PDC 2011 sometime in September 2011. Historically, Windows 7 Milestone 3 was leaked when it was demoed at PDC 2008 as well. In addition:

    • The beta was leaked just under 3 months after Milestone 3′s leak
    • It’s download was publicly made on Microsoft’s website 14 days afterwards

    Microsoft has not made any claims on any dates, but historically, they have followed a three-year pattern with releases. At this rate, we could be looking at a mid-2012 RTM.

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    Windows 8 Milestone 2 to be finalized

    Posted: 21 Feb 2011 08:29 AM PST

    The latest build string – 6.2.7947.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110218-1608 – compiled just this past Friday, indicates that Windows 8 Milestone 2 has reached escrow stage. This is significant because it means that the build is ready to be distributed to Microsoft’s closest internal and external partners. Additions and modifications to Milestone 2′s functionality and appearance have halted at this point.

    Interestingly enough, these build numbers continue to come leaked from Zukonka, who has been known to leak these kinds of information as well as the actual builds themselves in the past. Zukonka has also mentioned over at MyDigitalLife that coding for Windows 8 Milestone 3 will begin February 28th. A “General Assembly” date for January 7th, 2013 has also been stated as well. This seems to go hand-in-hand with the recently leaked Dell tablet timeline.

    However, with the possibility of an earlier ARM release, it is still too early to put full confidence into such an early release date.

    Windows 8 Center will continue to report on any rumors or facts as they come in.

    Build list for Milestone 2 [via Neowin]

    6.2.7900.0.winmain_win8m2.101209-1830 6.2.7901.0.winmain_win8m2.101210-1755 6.2.7902.0.winmain_win8m2.101213-1745 6.2.7903.0.winmain_win8m2.101215-2325 6.2.7904.0.winmain_win8m2.101216-1845 6.2.7905.0.winmain_win8m2.110103-2100 6.2.7906.0.winmain_win8m2.110105-1750 6.2.7907.0.winmain_win8m2.110106-1823 ?6.2.7907.0.fbl_x.110109-1800 (FBL) 6.2.7908.0.winmain_win8m2.110107-1755 6.2.7909.0.winmain_win8m2.110110-1515 6.2.7910.0.winmain_win8m2.110111-1804 6.2.7911.0.winmain_win8m2.110112-1725  6.2.7913.0.winmain_win8m2.110114-1745 6.2.7914.0.winmain_win8m2.110118-1605 6.2.7915.0.winmain_win8m2.110119-1806 6.2.7916.0.winmain_win8m2.110121-1715 6.2.7917.0.winmain_win8m2.110125-1757 6.2.7918.0.winmain_win8m2.110126-1827 6.2.7919.0.winmain_win8m2.110127-1733 6.2.7920.0.winmain_win8m2.110128-1740 6.2.7920.0.fbl_srv.110128-1823 (Notepad.exe) 6.2.7921.0.winmain_win8m2.110201-2005 6.2.7922.0.winmain_win8m2.110202-1840 6.2.7925.0.winmain_win8m2.110207-1736 6.2.7926.0.winmain_win8m2.110209-1755 6.2.7927.0.winmain_win8m2.110210-1740 6.2.7928.0.winmain_win8m2.110214-1825 6.2.7929.0.winmain_win8m2.110215-1802 6.2.7930.0.winmain_win8m2.110217-1825 6.2.7947.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110218-1608 (Escrow Branch for Windows 8 Milestone 2)

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