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Why ‘Seven’ and Not Vista SP1?

Microsoft is talking about the future again, but why about a product three years out when customers are clamoring for more immediate information about Vista? As widely reported on Friday, a slide presentation from Microsoft’s MGX (Global Exchange) sales conference revealed that Vista’s successor, codename Windows “7,” would be available in approximately 3 years. While Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is listed as “Next”—actually, Microsoft has two other pieces of software coming first—though no timetable for delivery is given.

I can only characterize the slide deck information as leaked, seeing as how many reporters seemed to have been given obtained the PowerPoint presentation. Now why is that? Maybe Microsoft wants customers to know that Windows 7 is coming around 2010. If so, why not give timing for Vista SP1, which is a more immediate concern? The answer, I suspect, lies in volume licensing contract renewals.

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