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Windows 8 development to start next summer

Microsoft to focus on next OS from July

Various job listings posted online during November have hinted at when Microsoft plans to shift its focus to Windows 8.

Most early adopters of Microsoft's latest offering, Windows 7, are still getting settled into the month-old OS. However, it seems Microsoft developers aren't just hanging around, as this past month alone Microsoft has posted seven job openings in the hopes of finding folks to work on Windows 8.

See also: Microsoft Windows 8 review

Technology site Ars Technica discovered the job listings over on Microsoft's official careers page. Some of the listings have since been edited or removed, but Ars Technica still has the original listings available in full on their site.

So what tidbits of Windows 8 knowledge can we glean from the vacancies listed? We already know from a recent product roadmap that Microsoft's next OS could include 128-bit support, and is expected to hit retail some time in 2012. But these fresh vacancies, which include an assortment of positions such as testers, project management personnel, and launch leads, hint that Microsoft is planning to shift its internal focus to Windows 8 as they "head into Fy11". The fiscal year for 2011 begins in July of 2010, which gives Microsoft two years to perfect Windows 8 before it's expected 2012 debut.

See also:

First Windows 8 details emerge

Windows 8 set for release in 2012

Microsoft starts recruiting for Windows 8

Windows 7 review

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