Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

Summary: Microsoft is close to finalizing the Milestone 2 build of Windows 8, according to WinRumors.

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Microsoft is close to finalizing the Milestone 2 build of Windows 8, according to WinRumors.

Tom Warren has a tipster with the information:

Microsoft compiled 6.2.7947.0.winmain_win8m2_escrow.110218-1608 on Friday following a number of Windows 8 builds over the past couple of weeks:

- 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

What does this mean? Well, if it's true (and sources tell me it is) then we can reasonably expect to see a beta build by the summer.

We don't know an awful lot about Windows 8 yet. We had some leaked slides, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said is was "risky," and Intel want to put it onto smartphones.

It would be awesome to see a beta this summer, that's for sure.

Topics: Software, Operating Systems, Windows

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  • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

    great if this is true i cant wait for the windows 8 beta :)
    Viper589
    • It will be another EPIC=FAIL.

      @Knix96
      And only morons will be using Windows 8 on any type of tablet or PC.
      Ron Burgundey
      • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

        If anyone feeds this troll, I will beat the **** out of them.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • Microsoft doesn't know when to leave well enough alone.

    Not even two years into Windows 7....will we see another Vista?
    Ron Burgundy
    • Neither do you, it appears.

      @Ron Burgundy
      John Zern
      • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

        Ed Bott's link re support
        http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-long-will-microsoft-support-xp-vista-and-windows-7/2304
        Chipesh
    • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

      @Ron Burgundy
      Vista was 6 years after XP. Win 7 was 2 years after Vista. Based on that, shorter lead time is better.
      dazzlingd
      • Hey, guys, math is good for you

        Windows 95
        Windows 98
        Windows XP (2001)
        Vista was supposed to be released in 2004

        Vista was released in 2006
        Windows 7 was released in 2009
        Windows 8 should be released in 2012

        RIGHT ON SCHEDULE.
        Michael Alan Goff
    • Right On Cyberbrother!!

      @Ron Burgundy

      nothing to see here - move along!
      Ron Burgundey
      • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

        @Ron Burgundey
        Of course you don't want people to see, you are afraid that they like it and you can't deal with it. Its quite obvious by all your posts here looking like a crazed loon about Windows.
        OhTheHumanity
    • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

      @Ron Burgundy <br><br>Yes, "Sorry Vista was a less good product here you are, buy Windows 7, it's the future just like Vista was". <br>"Done that ? Well now you need Windows 8 because 7 was only really a Vista service pack we managed to convince you to buy."<br><br>God knows what businesses are thinking.<br><br>The grass munchers will be telling us all how we need it sooner than expected.<br><br>No wonder support for Windows 7 consumer versions ends in 2015, it all fits in with the forced upgrades.

      http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-long-will-microsoft-support-xp-vista-and-windows-7/2304
      Chipesh
      • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

        @Chipes,<br>"No wonder support for Windows 7 consumer versions ends in 2015"<br>Based on this MS link, they don't have an end of life date for Windows 7. <br><a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/lifecycle" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/products/lifecycle</a>
        dvm
    • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

      @Ron Burgundy How are you cyberslammer ? Didn't get enough by trolling on engadget that you are here now ?
      1773
  • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

    I don't know the Win8 details, but (based on how we version Windows) it seems that subsequent versions alternate between good and not-so-good: 3.1 - 95 - 98 - Me/2000 - XP - Vista - Win7, where Win7 is definitely the best so far. Win8 might contain features which may become consumable by Win9 only.
    karnok.d
    • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

      Windows 2k was good
      Windows XP was good
      Windows Vista was good after a Service Pack (great after two)

      I don't see your point. Their last four have been good.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

        @goff256

        Actually, Vista was good before any Service Packs. It was only people who blamed lackluster driver support on Microsoft who were 'disappointed' by Vista.
        Lerianis10
  • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

    The biggest question is how much has been sacrificed to maintain back compatibility with WinXP. And is it possible that Win 8 could be capable of replacing WP7? When you listen carefully to all the statements made about the Nokia deal, never once do they say Windows Phone 7, it's always just Windows Phone. If MS is able to get the beta out this summer, Nokia could have a stablilzed platform and be ready to ship something by the end of the year.
    TheLoneDeranger
    • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

      @TheLoneDeranger

      Back compatibility with XP is all but gone dude. That went away with 7. Vista/7 and XP are two different operating environments.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

        @Cylon Centurion 0005

        Which explains why most of my applications that worked in XP also work in Windows 7.
        CobraA1
      • RE: Windows 8 Milestone 2 build nearing finalization

        @Cylon Centurion 0005 - Win7 actually supports MANY XP-era apps without requiring modification. XP apps that DO require modification are typically those that write to the protected OS folders (C:\Windows\... and C:\Program Files\...). For other more problematic apps, there's always Windows XP mode.

        But I sincerely hope that MS is willing to sacrifice Win 2000 & XP compat with Win8 and really start to push the envelope a little more. XP mode via a hosted VM is a great solution for many older, more troublesome apps while a more virtualized core OS approach could allow MS to REALLY push things forward with Win8. I wrote some detailed thoughts on this here: <a href="http://www.bitcrazed.com/post/2010/11/16/Will-Microsoft-make-Windows-8-entirely-virtual.aspx">Will Microsoft make Windows 8 entirely virtual?</a>.
        De-Void