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Windows 7: Windows 7 before 2010?

24 Oct 2008   #1
Bare Foot Kid
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Windows 7 before 2010?

The case for late 2009 has just got a whole lot stronger. A sharp-eyed reader recently noticed something of a revealing sentence on the company's WinHEC site. WinHEC, Microsoft's annual conference for hardware developers, takes place this year in early November. What makes this significant is that it will be the last WinHEC before Windows 7 is realeased. Assuming that Microsoft holds a WinHEC 2009 event, this puts the RTM date of Windows 7 some time between now and the end of 2009, ruling out early 2010.

Read more at the source.

Later Ted

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24 Oct 2008   #2

Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit

Thanks for the article Ted. I read much the same here:-

As I’ve mentioned a couple of times on this blog, Microsoft privately is telling some of its customers that Windows 7 will be out in the latter half of 2009.

It’s true, as Microsoft’s spokespeople contend, that the “public guidance” around Windows 7 hasn’t changed; Microsoft marketeers continue to state that Windows 7 is on track to ship three years after Windows Vista was released to market (and cite that target date as January 2010). As a number of Microsoft watchers, yours truly included, have noted, Microsoft is NOT going to release another version of Windows client in January again unless there’s a awfully compelling reason to do so. The best time to RTM a new Windows release is summer if you hope to get it preloaded on back-to-school and holiday PCs.

With all this as a given, it’s not surprising that OEMs are starting to admit that they expect to ship Windows 7 on new machines in the latter half of 2009.

I’m also not surprised that Microsoft is dropping hints about Windows 7 being ready sooner rather than later. As blogger Long Zheng noted, text on the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) 2008 site currently states that Windows 7 will ship before the next WinHEC is held. The exact wording:

“Be one of the first to see what’s new in Windows 7 and be among a select few to receive a pre-beta build of Windows 7. Join us as WinHEC 2008 – Register today. WinHEC is the only chance for you to engage with the team at this level – there is not another WinHEC planned before Windows 7 is released.”

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