Windows 7 pushed forward
Reports are suggesting that Microsoft is considering pushing forward the release date of Windows 7, its successor to Vista.
APC Magazine claims to have seen Microsoft’s roadmap for the operating system, and reports that the software giant is gunning for a 2009 release to manufacturing, a year earlier than initially planned.
The roadmap apparently contains three distinct milestone builds for Windows 7, with the first build, M1, apparently already shipped to partners for code validation.
M1 is reported to be English language only, but is shipping in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. M2 is slated to ship in April or May, while M3 is expected some time in the third quarter of 2008.
The rumour would certainly fit with Steve Ballmer’s statement last year that he wants to speed up the turnaround between new operating systems, though Microsoft refused to be drawn on the rumours.
“We’re continuing to work with our customers and partners on the development of Windows 7, the next version of the client operating system,” the company says. “We’re not sharing additional information at this time; instead, we’re focused on helping customers today get the most value from their PCs using Windows Vista, and we’re encouraged by the response and adoption so far.”
Though details on the operating system are sketchy, Microsoft is apparently looking at creating a more streamlined kernel. A wishlist of features was also apparently leaked onto the internet last year.
The report comes just as Vista’s fortunes appear to be turning, with strong sales of PCs beginning to drive demand for the operating system.