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PostSubject: Windows 7 coming in 2009   Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:29 pm

According to Bill Gates, the upcoming Windows 7 operating system will
be arriving sooner than previously reported, and as soon as 2009.

During a speech for the Inter-American Development Bank, Gates said,
"Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version. [of the
Vista OS]"

It is unclear if Gates meant the full commercial rollout of the new OS
or just a beta but either way it seems development is moving swiftly.
Mi*****ft has already sent a test version of Windows 7 to the US
government. Previously, Mi*****ft reported that Windows 7 was coming at
the earliest in 2010.

Continuing on, Gates talked out about his excitement for the upcoming
operating system. "I'm super-enthused about what it will do in lots of
ways."

There is still no word on what new features will be added, but we will keep you updated.






Analysts from Gartner said earlier this week that Windows is collapsing
under its own weight. Talk in the blogosphere keeps pointing to a
Windows 7 release date earlier than 2010. Is Vista already a lame duck?

ANALYSIS Certainly Mi*****ft wants to avoid another debacle on the
scale of Windows Me, an operating system release that tilted more
toward a mistake than an upgrade, and whose publicity turned into
pushback from both customers and the press.

However, two analysts from Gartner certainly didn't help Vista much
with their comments earlier this week. At an Emerging Trends conference
in Las Vegas, Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald argued that Mi*****ft
is collapsing under its own weight, and that Windows has become
monolithic.

Central to their point was the fact that Mi*****ft is leery to cut the
cord, so to speak, on more than two decades of applications. Backwards
compatibility remains something of an expectation with each new Windows
release.

At the same time, this support for the past has gotten them into
trouble. "Security should have been enough of a reason for Mi*****ft to
stop bringing these applications forward," Directions on Mi*****ft
analyst Michael Cherry told BetaNews.

As MacDonald and Silver argued, the ballooning hardware requirements
attached to Mi*****ft's recent releases -- especially Vista -- have
some of its clients wondering if it's just more worthwhile to stick
with their current setups and wait for the next version of Windows.

"I found [their analysis] very interesting," Cherry said of the Gartner
pair. "Look at all the hardware requirements [Mi*****ft] has gotten
into."

The reasoning behind the leeriness over Vista in the enterprise is
this: Evidence suggests that Windows 7 would be more modular, and as a
result, a lot less hardware requirement-heavy.

Many groups -- Gartner included -- have now seemingly begun to advise
clients that a Vista could be more than just a software upgrade: It
could mean these folks could be buying new hardware too.

While this is certainly something the computer manufacturers would not
mind at all, it's a sticking point for corporations. Faced with buying
new machines, they would much rather just stick with XP, which for many
is working out just fine.

Thus, in the case of Gartner -- which, by the way, had been urging its
clients to upgrade as soon as possible after Vista launched in 2007 --
movement to Vista is now only being suggested as old and dying
computers are being phased out. Only then, the firm believes, should
Vista be introduced.

Could this movement of both sentiment and support away from Vista be
the catalyst for recent suggestions that Windows 7 should launch sooner
than the oft-publicized early 2010 target date?

It could be the most logical reason suggested thus far. Mi*****ft's
customers appear ready to pass over Vista, and the company could be
taking notice. If it cannot get its customers to bite on the latest
Windows release, maybe it can on the next.



Blogger and Mi*****ft pundit Mary Jo Foley has suggested that the
renewed Windows 7 speculation may be more due to a desire by computer
manufacturers to have new software, and the new marketing support that
comes with it, ready for the generally lucrative holiday shopping
season. But a still more higher-level reason could be at work.

Cherry disagrees with the whole premise of "promising" releases by a
certain date, saying it only leads to trouble. "Mi*****ft shouldn't be
promising when it will be done," he told BetaNews. Such promises have
already gotten the company into trouble with Vista at the very
beginning, he said, as it was more than two years past its initial
promised date.

Plus, he said, since Vista was billed as a major release, Mi*****ft
shouldn't be following it up with another major release so soon. "A
major/minor release pattern is good," he added.

Gartner seems to be suggesting such a resolution to Mi*****ft's
conundrum. It calls for radical change, something consultant Stowe Boyd
of /Message seems to agree with. Boyd doesn't hold much hope for it,
however.

"I just doubt that Mi*****ft has the resolve to build a new OS,
breaking the tie to Windows, which is really what is needed," Boyd told
us. "In the meantime, anticipate an increasing defection to Mac OS X
and Linux."

The question still remains, is Vista really collapsing? Perhaps not. It
could be argued that Mi*****ft has just failed to develop the OS' value
proposition enough. With the early problems, such as a definitive lack
of supporting drivers and its technical difficulties early on -- not to
mention the whole "Vista Capable" debacle -- that job has been made
much harder.

Some will argue that the security enhancements included within Vista
are reason enough to make the jump. Several have argued that these
enhancements resolve one of the key problems within Windows overall in
recent memory: its seemingly neverending list of security problems.

In fact, Cherry told BetaNews that when he first started urging his
clients to upgrade, User Account Control (although annoying at times)
was a major factor. Not allowing everything to run under administrative
privileges closes a great deal of those holes.

He still stands by his support, even though like Gartner, he is also now advising a hardware upgrade path to Vista adoption.

But some of these much needed changes have come at a cost. While the
marketing of Vista calls it "agile," most likely many don't perceive it
as such when a UAC dialog seems to appear on their screen every few
minutes.

It is with Windows' treatment of the "standard user" with UAC that
Mi*****ft may need to improve most for Windows 7. Take out these
perceived shortcomings, and things could get back on track.

"I don't envision Windows 7 is going to be drastic," Cherry said.
"Although the first clue as to whether it will be a major release is
PDC."

Cherry's referring to the company's next Professional Developer's
Conference, currently scheduled for late October. Quite possibly at
that point we will find out what Redmond's next steps will be, and
whether Vista is indeed the lame duck that some have made it out to be.
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