Ok, are you sitting comfortly?
Arstechnica cleared things out back in sunday
|Reading the mainstream media this weekend, you'd believe that Bill Gates announced that Windows 7 will be released to retail in 2009. The only problem is, he didn't say anything of the sort. What Gates said merely confirmed what we've all known all along: that Windows 7 is being developed on a three-year timeframe.|
|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]|
And InformationWeek article, chattering with Microsoft
|Microsoft said Gates may have been referring to trial versions of Windows 7. "As is standard with the release of a new product, we will be releasing early builds of Windows 7 prior to its general availability as a means to gain tester feedback," the spokesman said.|