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Microsoft: Windows 7 on track for 2010

updated 04:40 pm EDT, Thu March 13, 2008

Windows 7 in 2010

The successor to Windows Vista, simply known at the moment as "7," should be released in 2010, Microsoft has confirmed. Leaked information revealed recently that the operating system has already hit "Milestone 1," an internal marker of development progress. Microsoft has previously said that the Vista sequel would arrive approximately three years after the debut of Vista; since business clients received Vista early, however, it was unclear if this would mean late 2009 or sometime in 2010.

"We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and development is scoped to three years from Windows Vista Consumer GA [general availability]," says a Microsoft spokesperson. "The specific release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar for release." The public version of Vista went on sale in January 2007.

Microsoft raised further confusion earlier this year, when it mentioned a three-year development plan without tying it to the launch of Vista or a beginning to work. Rumors had also been circulating that Microsoft would pull the release date of Windows 7 closer, given lackluster sales of Vista. [via Softpedia]

by MacNN Staff



  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If this time line is anywhere near as accurate as those Microsoft published for Vista it should ACTUALLY arrive sometime late in 2020. Additionally, if it is anywhere near as big a "success" as Vista you should be seeing Microsoft filing for bankruptcy early in 2021.

  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OSX 10.1

    What justifies this, when Vista is such a blistering failure. Don't get me wrong, I'm okay with failure, I'm not okay on selling and promoting it as a solution to unsuspecting consumers. The only upshot for MS is that their next imitation of OSX couldn't be worse than the present one.

    I'm sure the folks at 1 Infinite Loop are sick with laughter at this point.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: ha

    damn you beat me to it.

    but i will add that not only will it ship in 2020, it will also include only 3 new features:

    -20 new desktop images in the Windows 7 Plus pack -the Plus pack is now integrated into Windows 7 Plus version -Windows 7 now more secure: requires manual entry of a 512 bit public key

  1. bearcatrp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait and see...

    My guess is the next version will be a linux based system. With microsoft and novel buddying up, could see winux.

  1. 64stang06

    Joined: Dec 1969


    wait and see...

    What, you mean it won't be Lindows? Oh, wait...

  1. dom2cool

    Joined: Dec 1969


    still going to be dos

    i do have a feeling that the next windows will be good tho. fair do it will be like a year late as whatever mac os then would have allready had the features but MS are still one of the most powerful companies in the world just slightly unoriginal.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I can wait

    "MS are"?

    I don't care what they do with Windows. Its inadequacies provide me with a good income, and I'll be damned it I use it for personal computing.

    But, they've got two years to s**** it up. I think they can do it.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the odds

    What are the odds that OSXI will be out before this?


  1. BelugaShark

    Joined: Dec 1969



    OS programming is very different from application development. Reaching the first milestone does not lend to finishing the OS on time, hitting a snag can happen anywhere along the way, and the later they happen the more complex it is to repair, and as we've seen before it could throw the schedule back a few years.

    This applies to the Mac OS too.

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sorry for MS

    I actually feel sorry for the developers working on WIndows, developing this behemoth must be like driving the Queen Mary up the Cuyahoga River (Cuyahoga means crooked in Iroquois) your bound to hit the bank and hope she doesn't sink before you can plug the hold. I am also glad I don't have to run that OS either!

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