Microsoft promises predictable release schedule for Windows 7

Is that spin I smell? Despite earlier rumors to the contrary,Microsoft seems now to be standing firm behind a 2010 release date for the next-generation version of Windows, currently known as Windows 7. Nobody is being too specific just yet, but a letter sent by Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte reiterated that the new […]

Is that spin I smell? Despite earlier rumors to the contrary,Microsoft seems now to be standing firm behind a 2010 release date for the next-generation version of Windows, currently known as Windows 7. Nobody is being too specific just yet, but a letter sent by Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte reiterated that the new OS would ship “approximately three years after the January 2007 general availability launch date of Windows Vista.”

The really amazing part, however, is Veghte's explanation for the date. “You have told us you want a more regular, predictable Windows release schedule,” he writes. Ask and ye shall receive-- but I wonder, exactly how does Microsoft plan to pull that one off?

But Veghte offers some hints as to Microsoft's strategy this time around. If you read his full letter, he explains that "[Microsoft's] approach with Windows 7 is to build off the same core architecture as Windows Vista so the investments you and our partners have made in Windows Vista will continue to pay off with Windows 7. Our goal is to ensure the migration process from Windows Vista to Windows 7 is straightforward."

In other words, don't expect any ambitious new features from the new Windows. Instead, expect more of the same. Windows 7 won't be the next big thing-- just Microsoft's next chance to get it right.

Source:→ PC World