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Get ready for a date with ... Windows 8?

Okay, let’s talk about the newest version of Windows that everyone is talking about. No, not Windows 7 -- that is so next week. I am talking about all of the rumors surrounding Windows 8, no less. Let the fanfare begin!

I am not kidding: There are unofficial, non-Microsoft-authorized Web sites out there (such as windows8news.com, windows8center.com and windows8beta.com) that talk exclusively about any rumors or news leaks surrounding Microsoft’s next operating system after "7."

These sites are rife with discussions about what milestone or build they might be at, what it might look like, and when it might get released. Videos on YouTube even theoretically show the OS in operation, if you can believe that.

Of course, Microsoft has nothing officially to say on the subject. They usually don’t start to hype a new OS until about a year beforee its release, and certainly not before the current "new" one is out the door.

The latest thing that has these beehives a-buzzing is what looks to be a slide from an Italian Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that shows a timeline of Windows Server releases since 2003, which all of these sites are displaying. And there in tiny white print under "~2012" is "Code Name ‘Windows 8.’" The flurry of opinions as to what this means follows. Is ‘Windows 8’ the code name, meaning they will call it something else at release? Is this referring to the next Server OS instead? Does the year 2012 have anything to do with the Mayan calendar? Okay, maybe I made that last one up. but come on.

Okay, yes, Microsoft is of course already working on the operating system that will eventually replace Windows 7 in about two or three years. They have had to do it this way since they started cranking them out that quickly.

But can we at least get Windows 7 into the stores before we start thinking about its replacement?

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Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who covered mobile technology.

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