Bill Gates Says Next Windows Coming Next Year or So

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A strange quote from Bill Gates today as he claims the next version of Windows, code-named Windows 7, is going to be released "sometime in the next year or so." That's way ahead of the previous estimates, which claimed Windows 7 was not going to be released in 2009 at all, but somewhere in 2010 or 2011.


A Microsoft flack covered for Bill by saying that a 2009 "release" was in line with their development cycle, and that test versions are usually put out before the actual release—which is totally not what we think Bill meant when he said "release". What you should take away from this whole mess is that a development release is coming in 2009 (or so), and Bill Gates probably shouldn't be making statements without checking with his people. [Reuters]

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@Mark 2000: Personally, I don't think Linux can really take over in its current model. It's nice that it's free, but so many people still don't know what the hell it is, and you and I both know that lots of people just don't know how the hell to make it work as well as Windows/Mac or better.

Sorry nutbastard, but you know this is true.

I think that if Ubuntu gets a foothold in retail and OEM, sort of like Dell's Ubuntu offerings, then more people may be more willing to jump to it. But right now, it's still really obscure, and it still takes care that a lot of users don't really give a shit about.

Granted, Vista isn't the prize peach of the computing world, but I wouldn't really discount Microsoft's development team altogether either. If they feel enough pressure, I'm sure they can come out with something that even the more determined fanboys, such as you and I, can't deny is a good product.