Gates: Windows 7 could be ready 'in the next year'?

By on April 4, 2008, 6:00 PM
In a very surprising statement, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that Windows 7, the successor of Windows Vista, could come within the next year. That's way ahead of schedule as it was previously hinted that the next major revision of the operating system would arrive sometime in 2010, or roughly three years after Vista.

Gates made a public appearance at the Inter-American Development Bank in Miami, where a meeting to discuss Latin American development held place. Nevertheless, the question regarding Vista and Windows's next release was imminent. When referring to Windows 7, Gates added: "I'm super-enthused about what it will do in lots of ways."

It's quite unclear if Gates referred to a Windows 7 early test version rather than a widespread release. The former is quite more feasible.

We can already expect that the next iteration of the OS will have a less rocky introduction to market just like Windows XP had after Windows 2000 leveled off the ground a year prior to its release. Windows 7 will most likely be a very polished and compact version of Vista (in terms of its inner workings) that hopefully won't have to suffer the same driver and platform mutations that led to many complaints with Vista.




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nathanskywalker said:
Hopefully this is either talking about the beta, or Ms is more ready with "7" than they were with Vista. It's going to take a lot for Ms to redeem themselves from that one.
9Nails said:
I'm bothered that people STILL look at Vista as if it were a faulty OS. Vista is solid, secure, and good looking. There aren't any inherent problems with Vista that I can recall. However most significant issue looming with Vista, other than too many versions, is the lack of 3rd party support for drivers. The fact that it takes time to write drivers for a new OS is inescapable and happens every time Microsoft makes major changes. Considering that fact, Windows Vista is version "6.0" of Microsoft's Windows product line. If "Windows 7" is to be assumed as "7.0" (or the next iteration of their OS and not just version 6.1 of Vista, we're in for another rocky launch. Many have said that Vista has done wonders for the Linux community. If Microsoft doesn't better support those 3rd party driver developers than I think the same can be said of "Windows 7."
fullmetalvegan said:
I have no problems with Vista at all. I just upgraded from Home Premium 32-bit to Ultimate 64-bit on a clean install and put SP1 straight onto it this week, and once again, zero problems. Smooth installation and smooth upgrade.I think some people jumped on the Vista hate bandwagon and don't actually don't know what they're talking about, propaganda and exaggerations most of it.I put Vista on some pretty terrible hardware systems and have it run fine, so people must have REALLY bad computers to have it fail on them.
Julio said:
I have been a Vista supporter since launch because I haven't had many troubles with it under different configurations, although I would still recommend a fast system for the smoothest experience possible. Battery life on a mobile computer is just about average, too.Even despite of the odd problems that should have been fixed a long time ago:[url]http://www.techspot.com/blog/146/vista-crashing-in-
he-most-simple-of-tasks/[/url]However after using the well regarded OS X, I understood that it's not just Windows where you can find holes this big.
black_adder said:
Wonder what the pricing will be like... People are still wondering if Vista is worth the money
phantasm66 said:
Microsoft just make this stuff up. There was meant to be a Windows 97 and a version of NT between NT4 and Windows 2000. They just make these roadmaps up.
captain828 said:
I utterly doubt they will have windows 7 ready by 2010, let alone 2009; they said it was going to be a heterogeneous environment (every resource of your PC will be handled abstractly giving you full usage of your resources)If i remember well, they have released a "preview" of windows 7 about a month ago; [url]http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=11964[
url] Here's some extra insight on windows 7: [url]http://thebetaguy.com/exclusives/?postid=1029344029&tit
e=microsoft-windows-7-exclusive[/url]
windmill007 said:
Who cares...We already have a stable great OS...XP Hopefully if they do decide to make version 7 they do it right. I'm talking about 64bit and actually make it something new and exciting and have support out the gate. Not just move stuff around and pretty up something and make it slower. We want a fast lean OS> Stop trying to make it the be all. It just doesn't work. Also I don't like the way they make stuff harder to get to. If I can do something with one click on XP I don't want to have to use two clicks or more to do the same task. It should be easier not harder and more time consuming. We all have used computers and don't need our hands held like babies all the time. We want SPEED SPEED SPEED! If you can make it look nice without sacrificing that then ok..Otherwise FORGETIT![Edited by windmill007 on 2008-04-05 08:24:51]
icye said:
It has nothing to do with bad computers, its more to do with the OS and hardware drivers not getting along. Trusted sources such as Maximum PC, PC World employ writers that work in the field and have extensive knowledge of hardware and software. They have documented that Vista is still usable yet flawed.
joppinkaru said:
Yeah, Windows XP/Vista are great operating systems if all you do is check your email and compose a word doc once a month. Every other widely adopted OS in this world (OSX/Linux) is improving both usability and stability, and their *increasing* user bases are an obvious indication of this. Users are complaining about Vista because it actually does consume gargantuan system resources and is lacking in usability.People are doubtful about this Windows 7 release date because Microsoft has never come through with their forecasts.
canadian said:
I love how people want the next version to have more features, run faster, use much less resources, be simpler and yet still provide all the advanced options.
Rick said:
[b]Originally posted by canadian:[/b][quote]I love how people want the next version to have more features, run faster, use much less resources, be simpler and yet still provide all the advanced options. [/quote]Kind of like KDE 4.0 for Linux? :D
joppinkaru said:
[b]Originally posted by canadian:[/b][quote]I love how people want the next version to have more features, run faster, use much less resources, be simpler and yet still provide all the advanced options. [/quote]Yep, and with Microsoft's resources and Moore's law that shouldn't be that hard.
icye said:
Microsoft's resources hasn't helped them to produce an OS that people would want to like. The majority use their OS because of the wide variety of software that can be run on Windows and would instantly switch if there is a better alternative available to them. [Edited by icye on 2008-04-06 11:05:24]
windmill007 said:
[b]Originally posted by icye:[/b][quote]Microsoft's resources hasn't helped them to produce an OS that people would want to like. The majority use their OS because of the wide variety of software that can be run on Windows and would instantly switch if there is a better alternative available to them. [Edited by icye on 2008-04-06 11:05:24][/quote]How True That Is! If I could run all my windows software/games natively on a different OS I would. I think microsoft should legally allow other OS to use whatever they need to have 100% compatability with windows compatable software.
jesse_hz said:
I don't think it's a problem of legality, it's just that re-implementing all the Windows ABIs (and their bugs) accurately is hard and takes a lot of time.In the end, you can't expect all your current software to run on an OS it wasn't written for, so if you're going to switch to another OS, then you're going to have to get used other alternative applications, and if your main use of a computer is to play games, that are written for Windows, then Windows is currently still the best choice.[Edited by jesse_hz on 2008-04-07 19:50:45]
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