Windows 7 Coming Next Year
Microsoft has dropped two strong hints in the past two days that the next version of its Windows operating system will arrive in 2009, shaving up to a year off previous expectations. It could also be a signal that Microsoft intends to cut its losses with Windows Vista, which has been poorly received or shunned by customers, especially large companies.
Microsoft has long said it wants to release Windows 7 (formerly known as Windows Vienna) about three years after Vista, which was released to manufacturing in November 2006 but not officially launched until January 2007. Given Microsofts recent track record – Vista arrived more than five years after XP — most outsiders had pegged sometime in 2010 as a safe bet for Windows 7s arrival.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates answered a question at a business meeting in Miami about Windows Vista by saying “Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version.”
And during its announcement yesterday that it would extend the availability of Windows XP Home for low-cost laptops, Microsoft said it would retire the operating system only after June 30, 2010, or one year after the release of Windows 7, whichever comes later.
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