The fact of the matter is that Windows 7, a Windows Vista's successor has been in development since 2007. In fact, for the past couple of years, namely as early as the end of 2006, Microsoft has been collecting feedback on Windows 7. And this process is by no means at an end, as it is bound to continue even following the market availability of the next iteration of the Windows client.
“Over the last two years we’ve had a team of dozens of professional researchers fielding surveys, listening to focus groups, and analyzing telemetry and product usage data leading up to the vision and during the development of Windows 7 – and we’re not done yet. From our independently run marketing research to reading your feedback on this blog we will continue to refine our product and the way we talk about it to customers and partners alike. That doesn’t mean that every wish goes answered! One of the hardest jobs of planning is in turning all of this data into actionable plans for development,” revealed Mike Angiulo, Windows PC Ecosystem and Planning lead.