Windows 7 in 2010

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Windows 7 in 2010

Postby Carl » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:37 pm

Microsoft is planning to ship its next major version of Windows--known internally as version "7"--within roughly three years, CNET has learned.

The company discussed Windows 7 on Thursday at a conference for its field sales force in Orlando, Fla., according to sources close to the company.

While the company provided few details, Windows 7, the next client version of the operating system, will be among the steps taken by Microsoft to establish a more predictable release schedule, according to sources. The company plans a more "iterative" process of information disclosure to business customers and partners, sources said.

Windows Vista, the oft-delayed most recent release of Windows, shipped to businesses in November and to consumers in January after more than five years of development. Vista's gestation period was marked by shifting product details as internal priorities changed and problems arose with development.

Like Vista, Windows 7 will ship in consumer and business versions, and in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The company also confirmed that it is considering a subscription model to complement Windows, but did not provide specifics or a time frame.
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Next up on Microsoft's agenda is Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, which is expected before year's end.

The discussion of Windows' future isn't surprising, given that Microsoft has been criticized by business customers for delays related to Vista. Many business customers pay for Microsoft's software under a license agreement called Software Assurance.

Windows 7 was previously known by the code name Vienna. A Microsoft representative confirmed that Windows 7 is the internal code name for the next client release of Windows. The details were released "as part of our ongoing outreach to enterprise customers and partners, Microsoft has begun sharing plans for how they will continue to deliver value to businesses in the future…Software Assurance customers in particular," a representative said in a statement via e-mail.

"Microsoft is scoping Windows 7 development to a three-year time frame, and then the specific release date will ultimately be determined by meeting the quality bar," according to the representative.

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Postby Liam » Sat Jul 21, 2007 6:04 pm

It's too early for any of this to be true.

i.e 32-bit in 3 years? Surely it'll be dead by then.

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Postby Papa Lazarou » Sat Jul 21, 2007 7:07 pm

Indeed. If this is a genuine all-new OS and comes with a 32-bit option, I'll eat my face.

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Postby Doug » Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:36 pm

Just make sure you record it and post it up on YouTube if you do.

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Postby Edam » Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:44 pm

Of course it'll be 32 Bit.

Also - why don't they just do the predictable thing for business versions, and have home versions every 7 years or something? 3 years is just....stupid.

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Postby Raptornas » Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:47 pm

By this time we'll all be using organic bio quantum computers and normal operating systems will be useless and instead we'll talk to our super intelligent mega machines via the medium of interpretive dance.

Or maybe Microsoft will go bust and we'll all start using mac's, its a crazy crazy world out there.

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Postby Shadowbane » Sun Jul 22, 2007 9:24 am

Raptornas wrote:Or maybe Microsoft will go bust and we'll all start using mac's, its a crazy crazy world out there.

Yeah not THAT crazy :lol:

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Postby King Dumpalot » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:48 am

I'm fairly certain I've read somewhere that v7 will be 64 bit only. I mean, Vista should have been 64 bit only. I think the only reason it isn't is to retain the compatibility.

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