Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jun 2008 04:58 UTC, submitted by google_ninja
Windows We already know some of the directions Windows 7 will be exploring: a system-wide multitouch user interface framework, a focus on performance, all while building on top of the groundwork Windows Vista has laid out. While off-hand remarks have been made concerning the operating system's release date, it appears Microsoft now formalised the release date of Windows 7.
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Windows 7 SP1 - late 2010, early 2011?
by DevL on Wed 25th Jun 2008 05:13 UTC
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"Assuming this letter can be seen as an official communiqué, this means we have Windows 7 in our hands in 18 months."

Even so, no-one in his or her right mind will install before SP1 which means an additional 6-12 months. That timeframe puts Windows 7 squarely against Ubuntu 10.4 LTS (+patches) and a very stable Snow Leopard. Not the competition I'd enjoy if I were to try to sell Vista 2.0.

DISCLAIMER: I haven't upgraded all my Macs to Leopard yet as 10.5.3 is the first version of Leopard I consider to be stable enough. Going for the initial release of any OS is not a good idea in my book.

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