THE RUMOURS that Microsoft might release Windows 7 as early as 2009 are apparently false.
In an email to WinVistaClub, the Vole reportedly stated that Windows 7 is still in the planning stage and will take approximately three years to develop.
About three years to develop. Hmm. So, what with its planning - which is not yet completed, it seems - plus internal testing and pre-release user testing, that means that the new, hopefully vastly improved Windows 7 won't appear until at least 2011, at the earliest.
If Windows 7 development goes anything like Microsoft's development of Vista did, we can expect a couple of years of developmental delays culminating in the eventual abandonment of many projectedly great and wonderful, even dazzling new vapourware capabilities and features.
We'll guess that Windows 7 won't be generally available in final form until about 2012 or thereabouts, maybe 2013.
The Vole might even manage to slap lots of Vista's desktop eye-candy on top of XP in the interim. That's about the only way it will get "Vista" onto most desktops.
Microsoft really ought to give up on trying to redevelop its proprietary hairball of an operating system all over again from the ground up already and just port Office to Linux. It already has Office running under a Unix system, under OS/X.
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