Has Microsoft Postponed Windows 8 Launch To 2012 Because Of Mac OS X?

Interesting news this morning about the possibility that Microsoft might launch Windows 8 towards the end of 2012, 36 months after the launch of Windows 7 according to a post on Microsoft Netherlands.

The post which originally carried the statement has been heavily modified although remnants of it, "Maar het zal nog zo'n twee jaar duren voordat 'Windows 8' op de markt komt." (literally, But it will take about two years before "Windows 8 'on the market), still linger in Google Search's cache.

Windows 7 was released in October 2009 while Vista was brought to market in November 2006; if the Dutch translation reflects the reality, this means Microsoft may have already postponed the launch of Windows 8 in order to tackle the growing threat of Apple and Mac OS X.

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion integrates a number of features that underlines what appears to be a paradigm shift, one that could see a hybrid OS being developed over the next few years; we compared that trend to the one that Google could be following as it prepares the merger between Chrome OS and Android.

Three features stand out of the new Mac OS 10.7 Lion that may cause Microsoft to rejig Windows, just like it did with Windows 95 and Internet Explorer; the sleek, intuitive interaction between the user and the OS using a touch interface, the (almost certain) ability to boot up in seconds and most importantly, the Mac App Store which could change everything.