We've long suspected that Windows 8 would make an appearance in 2012, with the company moving away from the interminable development processes of past versions.
According to Microsoft Netherlands, Windows 8 is around two years away, with a mention on an official press release celebrating the first birthday of Windows 7.
Windows 8 two years away
The Microsoft Netherlands release contains the following phrase: "Furthermore, Microsoft is of course the next version of Windows," continuing with the vague disclaimer, "But it will take about two years before "Windows 8" [is] on the market."
Microsoft Netherlands has not yet commented on the mention of Windows 8 in the afore-mentioned press release.
In the meantime, why not check out our round up of Windows 8 rumours: everything you need to know.