We know that Microsoft will release a number of updates to existing products in the next twelve month period. From a new version of the Windows operating system to the next Internet Explorer installment to Office 15 and the online version Office 365. It gets blurry when it comes to actual dates. While it very likely that Internet Explorer 10 will be released before Windows 8 will be finished, we do not have official confirmation when that will be. The same goes for Office 15 which is said to be released in the first quarter of 2013.
A leaked roadmap seems to confirm much of what we already know about the upcoming releases. Even though it is an official roadmap, it needs to be noted that dates can change and that the suggested dates are not set in stone yet until official confirmed by Microsoft.
The roadmap dates back to December 2011, which means that it does not contain some information that are already public knowledge.
If you look at the Windows platform for instance, you will notice that it only lists the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the end of support date for Windows XP, but not the Consumer Preview, RTM release or final availability.
Regardless of that, it is possible to draw some conclusions from the roadmap. As far as the Windows platform goes, you will notice the middle of the year release of Internet Explorer 10. Internet Explorer 10, which ships with the Windows 8 operating system, needs to be released before the RTM of Windows 8 as Microsoft won't ship the operating system with a beta or release candidate browser. This suggests that IE10 might debut either when the Windows 8 release candidate gets released, or the RTM.
If you look at the Windows Phone timeline, you will also notice a new release at the end of the year. While it could be an update to Windows Phone 7, it is more likely that this is the planned release date for Windows Phone 8.
As far as Office 15 goes, you will notice a beta release in the second half of 2012, and a final availability of the operating system in the beginning of 2013.
Are you excited about any of the products mentioned in the roadmap? If so, let me know in the comments.
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