A posting on Microsoft's Dutch site suggests we'll have to wait until 2012 for the next release of Windows.
Microsoft declined to comment and the message was rapidly deleted, but was grabbed by Ina Fried at CNet and a host of bloggers.
The post, celebrating the first birthday of Windows 7, said that Microsoft was hard at work on Windows 8 but the release was about two years away.
In place of the offending paragraph the Dutch site now says that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is currently in testing and will be released in the first six months of next year.
Microsoft might still be an expert in making cash but is perceived as failing to innovate, or to cash in on that innovation, compared to a renewed Apple and an ever-expanding Google.
Windows 8 will have a heavy burden to carry - Ballmer recently said it would be the company's riskiest ever release. ®