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Windows 8 launch date leaked

A Microsoft blogger has inadvertantly tipped the company's hand, revealing that the successor to Windows 7 is due for release towards the end of 2012.

In a blog post on the Microsoft Netherlands website, celebrating the first anniversary of the launch of Windows 7, an unknown Microsoft employee added a small postscript to the end of the PR piece which translates as: "Microsoft is on course for the next version of Windows, but it will take about two years before 'Windows 8' is on the market."

The note, which has since been removed from the posting and was almost certainly not approved for release, hints at a late-2012 or early-2013 launch for Windows 8, the successor to Windows 7 and what Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has described as his company's "riskiest product yet."

Sadly, the unnamed blogger wasn't nearly as forthcoming with a feature list or any details about what form the operating system will take, but with earlier rumours of a 2011 launch for Windows 8 seemingly scotched it looks like Microsoft is investing heavily in the next generation of Windows.