So I'm guessing that the long-speculated rumors of Windows 7 releasing in 2009 may just be right. Have a look at this recent article:
Redmond (WA) - The seventh generation of Microsoft's operating system software is scheduled for a release in the year 2010.
According to Softpedia, development of Windows 7 began on the release of Windows Vista. "We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and development is scoped to three years from Windows Vista Consumer GA. The specific release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar for release," said a Microsoft spokesperson to Softpedia.
TG Daily got a look at Windows 7 Milestone 1 earlier this year. Softpedia says Milestone 2 is expected to be done some time in the next month and a half.
Windows 7, previously codenamed Blackcomb Vienna (AuDioFreaK39: hehe I remember this name from 2003 when I was just 11 )
, will include such features as touchscreen functionality and a smaller kernel that only uses 40 MB of memory. It also reportedly only takes 10 minutes to install.
Additionally, a new version of Windows Media Center will be available alongside the new OS. The new operating system is expected to ship to manufacturers beginning in the second half of 2009.
Windows 7 Milestone 1 uses the Vista Ultimate display profile and specification. When Vista was launched, it was part of Microsoft's biggest launch event ever, but consumers have been tepid about upgrading from Windows XP. The first Service Pack for Vista was set to be available in the early part of 2008.