It sounds like Microsoft is aiming to get Windows 7 out earlier than it promised — at least if you believe the company’s believe Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer. In the past, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates also indicated that Windows 7 would be released in 2009.
Here is the official position from Microsoft, a refrain that the company has played to perfection through its PR mouthpieces: “we are well into the development process of Windows 7, and we're happy to report that we're still on track to ship approximately three years after the general availability of Windows Vista. As always, we will be releasing early builds of Windows 7 prior to its general availability as a means to gain feedback, but we're not yet ready to discuss timing and specific plans for any Beta releases. In the meantime, customers can confidently continue with their Windows Vista deployment plans”, revealed Christopher Flores, Director Windows Communications.
During his fireside chat with Chairman Bill Gates at the D6 conference on May 27, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged that Microsoft was aiming to deliver Windows 7 in late 2009.
For those of you who’ve attempted to follow Microsoft’s conflicting ship-date commitments for its next version of the Windows client, that is a month or two earlier than Microsoft execs said just yesterday morning (via a Q&A with Microsoft’s Windows Engineering Chief Steven Sinofsky).