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Windows 7 not due until 2011?

updated 02:30 pm EST, Mon January 28, 2008

Windows 7 in 2011

Microsoft's next version of Windows may not be due until as late as three years from now, the company says in an e-mail response to inquiries about its launch. While recent news had claimed version 7 of the operating system had been moved up to 2009 and that a milestone release had already been seeded to developers, a spokesperson for Microsoft has refuted the idea and says that the company is still in the planning stages for its sequel to Vista. An actual release will take "3 years to develop," the official says, though when development began is unspecified. This places a release as early as the start of 2010 but as late as 2011.

The Microsoft representative also denies assertions made in the earlier reports that Windows 7 is being hastened to compensate for poor sales of Vista, citing the 100 million copies of the software sold in 2007 and businesses moving to the OS at rates "similar to past releases." Recent statistics have suggested that the software was preloaded on only 37 percent of new PC sales in 2007 and that the rate of growth is disproportionately slower than for Windows XP, which sold into a much smaller PC market.

Though other sites have not confirmed the statement, the specified timeframe would support rivals such as Linux and Mac OS X, both of which have made modest gains against Windows in those same statistics.

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  1. Guest

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    Why should this be any different from any other launches. They should be so lucky to get it out that soon!

  1. Appleman

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    MacNN? or WinNN?

    Who cares?

  1. eldarkus

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    pay attention to the URL.. this is from and to drive traffic, MacNN links any freakin article it can for more hits!

  1. jarod

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    Windows is dead

    Along with Microsoft. The era has finally come to an end. Now, the world can finally start moving ahead.

  1. Eldernorm

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    It will be interesting to see what Vista (new) can do, but I am not holding my breath. :-)


  1. t6hawk

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    Only 3 years?

    How is it going to only be 3 years for the next release when Vista took what... 7 years? Is M$ finally going to rewrite Windows from scratch or are they going to keep the same old core and just dress it up? My copy of Vista still says Windows XP in cmd.exe still.

  1. testudo

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    this is what people get for actually paying attention to so-called 'leaked' data.

    And jarod, Windows is dead? Wow, that's a surprise. Someone should tell all those PC makers, for they still waste their money selling windows computers.

    Does this mean Bootcamp won't be supported in the future, too?

  1. testudo

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    Re: only 3 years

    Is M$ finally going to rewrite Windows from scratch or are they going to keep the same old core and just dress it up? My copy of Vista still says Windows XP in cmd.exe still.

    Ok, let's try this again, since everyone screws this up. MS DID rewrite Vista. That's why it has such compatibility problems (if it was just Windows XP glossed over, then it wouldn't be as 'broken', would it?).

    And you're version of CMD.exe must be old or something, as mine in Vista says Windows Version 6.0.6000.

  1. PHoynak

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    Windows may not be "dead" but it is very sick. Microsoft does nothing but play catch up to Apple. Apple's surge in customer base shows that people will continue to move to OS X when they need a new computer. The ability to run Windows programs if needed makes it all that much easier. Then eventually they won't even remember they have a Windows partition once they get accustomed to OS X.

  1. dom2cool

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    windows has its uses well one and thats games but im sure vista was just a bit of a blip for ms they should try and use their own ideas and get them out before apple it might help them.

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