While we kinda already figured that Bill Gates was just a little over-eager to put Vista behind Microsoft when he volunteered that the next version of Windows would be ready to go next year, Microsoft wanted to be super-clear that you'll have to wait until 2010 to leapfrog this generation's Windows ME. It'll be Jan. 2010 for Windows 7, at best. Not that it would be a bad thing if it magically happened to ship next year. [InfoWeek]
So, if it officially comes out in 2010, does that mean we will have a product to install within five years of that date? Just asking.
Personally, it is nice to delay it as much as possible. I have no interest in upgrading the OS on all of these systems any day soon. True evolution of the Windows OS stopped with Windows 2000 as far as I am concerned.