Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Jan 2008 21:56 UTC
Windows Rumour has it that Microsoft is pushing forward Windows 7 for a 2009 release. The first milestone build has supposedly already been shipped to select partners, according to APCMag. They claim to have access to a roadmap for Windows 7, but whether that claim holds any water remains to be seen. The Inq seems to believe APCMag, but that means about as much as a politician's word, so whether this is anything more than a rumour is difficult to say. CNet has more.
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RE: Get rid of the Registry
by patrick_ on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 02:44 UTC in reply to "Get rid of the Registry"
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You can't really get _rid_ of the registry; it's been around forever, and you could easily say that 99% of Windows applications rely heavily on it.

I agree with the first comment; if Win7 is to come out so soon, then Vista will be much like ME in that it was succeeded in a rather short amount of time.

Was this planned all along? Who knows. It's just surprising, though, because we all heard _so_ much hullabaloo about Vista and how it would be the biggest change since 3.x -> 95, and now MS, *apparently*, is just going to come out with another release before Vista has really made any real progress.

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RE[2]: Get rid of the Registry
by gpierce on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 03:12 in reply to "RE: Get rid of the Registry"
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I guess we have to wait and see what they do with this new Windows. It makes me wonder why they are announcing this now, since it may slow adoption of Vista even further and dampen the sale of new computers.

Are they just giving up on Vista entirely? Why not further refine Vista? What gives? Vista has problems, but is it that hopeless? More frequent, smaller, incremental improvements might be preferable. Seems strange to me.

I guess time will tell.

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RE[3]: Get rid of the Registry
by 6c1452 on Wed 23rd Jan 2008 04:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Get rid of the Registry"
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If I recall correctly, Microsoft can work on more than one project at once (windows, office, hardware, live, etc). The windows team was only seven thousand-ish people out of eighty thousand employees a few years back; they might very well have seperate groups for vista polishing and windows 7.

EDIT: Unless you meant they should do an OS X style thing for several major releases, in which case who knows. What little we have heard sounds like they're making some low level changes though.

Edited 2008-01-23 04:57 UTC

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:

No one's making any announcements. This is just rumormongering from tech sites. No release dates have been announced and the milestone that was delivered to various partners is just the first out of a multi-milestone product.

The difference between ME and Vista was that ME was a dead-end of a line that had run its course. Win7 is being built on Vista, since Vista is actually a pretty good foundation.

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sappyvcv Member since:

Just like Vista was supposed to be XP SP3...

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:

just like OS X 10.0 was a major step taken by Apple, the code base change of Vista allows for incremental improvements with a cleaner base to work off of.

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