Windows 7 arriving next year?
While speaking before the Inter-American Development Bank today, Bill Gates said that the next version of Windows could be arriving sometime next year.
“Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version…I’m super-enthused about what it will do in lots of ways.”
If the next version of Windows (currently referred to as Windows 7) does arrive next year, that would put its release quite a bit ahead of schedule.
Confused by this news? You’re not alone.
As recently as within the last 24 hours a representative from Microsoft told CNET that Windows 7 is expected to ship roughly three years after Vista’s debut in January of 2007.
Gates may have been referring to when it would be available for beta testing, but his remark hasn’t yet been clarified yet.
So when should we REALLY expect to see Windows 7? I’d be very surprised if we see anything but beta copies before 2010. The way the last major consumer OS release for Microsoft went I think they’re going to want to get this next one right.
[Via CNET News]