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.
In a letter sent to Microsoft customers titled ‘An Update on the Windows Roadmap’, company senior vice president Bill Veghte states:
Our plan is to deliver Windows 7 approximately three years after the January 2007 general availability launch date of Windows Vista. You have told us you want a more regular, predictable Windows release schedule” and he said that was the impetus for setting the 2010 ship date.
You’ve also let us know you don’t want to face the kinds of incompatibility challenges with the next version of Windows you might have experienced early with Windows Vista. As a result, our approach with Windows 7 is to build off the same core architecture as Windows Vista so the investments you and our partners have made in Windows Vista will continue to pay off with Windows 7. Our goal is to ensure the migration process from Windows Vista to Windows 7 is straightforward.
Contrary to popular belief, Microsoft never officially ‘slipped’ Windows Vista. Many off-hand remarks were made concerning the operating system’s release date, but once the date was officially set, they didn’t release it a day late. Assuming this letter can be seen as an official communiquÃ©, this means we have Windows 7 in our hands in 18 months.