Widespread reports suggest the next version of Microsoft Windows is dues for release in 2012, after the computing giant briefly posted the information on its Dutch site.
Although Microsoft has since amended the blog post in question, eagle-eyed reporters were quick to take screen grabs of the post, which was written mainly to celebrate the first anniversary of Windows 7.
The post notes that Redmond is working on Windows 8, but that the upcoming operating system will not be ready for another two years.
It remains to be seen how Windows 8 will be received of course, but new research from Symantec has confirmed the popularity of the current version of the OS.
The security giant surveyed 1,360 IT managers across the globe and found that three-quarters said the migration process to Windows 7 was surprisingly easy, with the average time to migrate an existing machine at five hours.
Performance, end user experience, security, reliability and ease of use were all given as factors that had "somewhat or significantly increased" post migration.
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