As reported few days ago, Microsoft did said that they "expect the development to take approximately 3 years since the release of Windows Vista" lending credit to a late 2009/early 2010 release.
Mary Jo Foley: This is just a quick post to help guide those who aren’t used to Micro-speak.
Contrary to many blog posts you may have read over the past day or so, Windows 7’s due date has not slipped — at least not yet. This is the exchange between Microsoft and site WinVista Club that many sites have been quoting to prove that Windows 7, the successor to Vista, is running late:
Q: (From WinVista Club): “What is the expected timeline for the availability of Windows 7?”
A. (From Microsoft, via email): “We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and expect it will take approximately 3 years to develop. The specific release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar for release.”
Here’s how to interpret this Microsoft statement.
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