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Gates: Windows 7 sometime in 2009

updated 02:15 pm EDT, Fri April 4, 2008

Gates sees Win 7 in 2009

Microsoft chief Bill Gates said in a seminar today that he expects Windows 7 to appear sometime in 2009, potentially hinting at an accelerated release. The company has to date suggested that it would maintain a three-year development cycle between Vista and the new operating system but will now allegedly see the software "sometime in the next year or so," according to the company co-founder. He declines to provide a more specific timeframe.

Gates also adds that the new OS will focus on more dramatic leaps in technology, including improved integration with cellphones and more advanced support for touch and multi-touch controls, such as those found in the Surface table computer. The company recently showcased an early notebook prototype that would use multi-touch on its main screen.

One recent report also suggests that version 7 may represent a major code break from Vista and require a compatibility layer to support earlier programs.



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  1. climacs

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    repeat after me

    ha. ha. ha.

  1. climacs

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    what could possibly go

    go wrong with this?

    "One recent report also suggests that version 7 may represent a major code break from Vista and require a compatibility layer to support earlier programs."

  1. dom2cool

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    ^^^^^

    everything can go wrong lol

  1. scotte75ky

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    a disaster

    Sounds like a disaster just waiting to happen!

  1. chotty

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    everything can go wrong l

    Um, I think that was his point... ;-)

  1. phillymjs

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    Vista took too long...

    ...and sucks.

    Now they're going to rush the next one out to compensate, and it's probably going to suck even worse. Apple already had NeXTSTEP to build on when they made OS X, and it still took years and a couple versions before they got it right.

    Any now Microsoft thinks they can do the same thing in a much shorter time?

    Excuse me while I laugh.

  1. dimmer

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    But

    MS has always been behind with releases: Vista should have been on yer desktop two years before it finally limped out, and have many "modern" gimmicks (WinFS) that got gutted to please the scheduling gods. Saying Windows 7 (System 7?) will ship sooner than expected just gives more wiggle room, imho.

  1. manleycreative

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    Any time Billy speaks...

    ...duck and cover!

    Hmm last one was called Longhorn. This version should be codenamed Brokeback.

  1. manleycreative

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    Release

    I bet the release date ends up being closer to 2015.

  1. Roehlstation

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    Windows 7

    AKA: "The Vista Fix"

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