Saturday, January 19, 2008

Wither Vista?

Here's a big shock (really!), but not so much when you think about it from the end user's standpoint.

Rumors are now circulating that the reception to Vista has been so fraught with bugs and has achieved such low market penetration that Microsoft is now accelerating the development of the next Windows OS which is tentatively called Windows 7. It seems that because of all the troubles with Vista, customers have been extremely slow to adopt it and computer manufacturers have been forced to offer Windows XP to customers to spur sales.

The rumor mill now says Windows 7 may be sent to developers for Alpha testing in April or May 2008 with a full release date sometime in the third quarter of 2009. This is significant as the original target date for Windows 7 was actually 2010.

If this is true, it becomes pretty obvious that Vista has entered the realm of Windows Me. Ugh.

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