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[Cnet] Gates: Windows 7 may come 'in the next year'

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MIAMI--Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Friday indicated that Windows 7, the next major version of Windows, could come within the next year, far ahead of the development schedule previously indicated by the software maker.

In response to a question about Windows Vista, Gates, speaking before the Inter-American Development Bank here, said: "Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version." Referring to Windows 7, the code name for the next full release of Windows client software, Gates said: "I'm super-enthused about what it will do in lots of ways."

Most of Gates' speech was devoted to topics closer to home for the crowd, such as how Latin America can be more competitive.


Windows 7 and its intended feature list have been the topic of speculation since Microsoft discussed some details of the new software last summer.

At that time, Microsoft said little except that Windows 7 will ship in consumer and business versions, and in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The company also confirmed that it is considering a subscription model to complement Windows, but did not provide specifics or a time frame.

Less than 24 hours ago, a Microsoft representative told CNET News.com that the company expects to ship the successor to Vista roughly three years from Vista's January 2007 debut.

Unclear is whether Gates was referring to early testing of Windows 7 coming within the year, as opposed to a widespread release or debut. An early test geared toward developers would be conceivable. The company has repeatedly said that it will accelerate the development of new Windows versions, largely as a response to Vista's roughly five year gestation period.

Microsoft on Thursday declined to extend a lifeline for Windows XP, saying that only a limited number of specialized machines will be sold with the operating system after June.

The company said it will continue to allow Windows XP Home edition to be sold for a class of computers it calls "ultra-low-cost PCs."

Vista, the current version of Windows, has sold well, according to Microsoft. But the operating system's debut was marred by repeated delays and shifting feature lists. Last week, Microsoft stepped up efforts to drive adoption of Vista by businesses.
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It better be free.
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post #3 of 55
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It better be free.
Free?

I want a free copy plus my bloody money back for this OS.

It's stupid, Vista has been out for what? 1 1/2 - 2 years? and they are releasing another one.

Is Vista going to be a Windows ME situation

I guess M$ has admitted defeat with this OS then.

Screw them, if they don't continue to support this OS i'm going Linux! I don't invest good money for a shoddy product.

Creative and M$ should get married.
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32-bit versions still? Boo! Pick one or the other!
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Yes if they want anyone to actually like them they need to offer vista trade ups or a free OS.

Releasing a OS so soon after vista is dumb, espically when vista is fine..

If they charge $400 or something than we have a monopoly.
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Yes if they want anyone to actually like them they need to offer vista trade ups or a free OS.

Releasing a OS so soon after vista is dumb, espically when vista is fine..

If they charge $400 or something than we have a monopoly.
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Free?

I want a free copy plus my bloody money back for this OS.

It's stupid, Vista has been out for what? 1 1/2 - 2 years? and they are releasing another one.

Is Vista going to be a Windows ME situation

I guess M$ has admitted defeat with this OS then.

Screw them, if they don't continue to support this OS i'm going Linux! I don't invest good money for a shoddy product.

Creative and M$ should get married.

well said
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Sounds like its just going to be a beta or even an alpha. We've seen almost nothing of 7 yet so the likelyhood of a full release is slim.
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i happen to like vista, especially with good cod4 performance. but when i cant install it on this rig due to some unknown issue is when i dont like vista...

btw, theyve already made it past the M1 version.
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Yea...I keep defending them and all that, but are they actually gonna screw me over like this? I paid 200 dollars for vista ultimate 64 and they're gonna replace it now...Theres gotta be some catch or something I'm not reading. I love vista but WTH.
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