updated 01:35 pm EST, Fri January 18, 2008
Windows 7 set for 2H09
Microsoft may be set to release the next version of Windows sooner than expected, an allegedly leaked roadmap reveals to TGDaily. The operating system, internally referred to as Windows 7, is said to be in an accelerated development process which will see the software released to manufacturing in the second half of 2009. While flexible, the plan may see the Vista successor released as early as fall 2009, months ahead of a projected 2010 launch for the OS.
The schedule is purportedly backed by Windows 7 already being available in its first Milestone release to testers, a benchmark that Microsoft uses to check the progress of its code. This release has come early and should see a second milestone as early as April or May with a third and possibly final milestone available in the summer before Microsoft concentrates on beta (near-complete) releases, the roadmap says.
Reasoning for the stepped up schedule is uncertain but may be an attempt to counter a perceived lukewarm reception to Windows Vista, whose January 2007 launch has been slow to gain support and has pressured the company into extending the sales period for Windows XP until June. One of the frequently cited reasons behind the cautious approach to Vista has been a lack of tangible benefit from upgrading to the new OS.