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Windows 7 in 2009? Well, not really

Hot and bothered over last week's news that Windows 7 could be released as early as next year? Well, it's just not going to happen.

Are you hot and bothered over last week's news that Windows 7 could be released as early as next year? Well, it's just not going to happen. Sorry.

That didn't stop news sites from picking up on it last week and literally running it around the globe. Unfortunately, the entire saga hinged on a flawed interpretation of what Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said. In fact, in response to a question about Windows Vista, Bill Gates' exact words were: "Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version [of Windows]."

Ken Fisher of popular tech site Ars Technica was unequivocal in his criticism of reporters and bloggers who made much ado about nothing. He wrote a scathing commentary:

In a world of tech reporting where one's memory apparently stretches back not to the great Longhorn reboot but instead no further than one's breakfast, Mr. Gates' totally vague comment morphs into a product launch announcement...

Nevermind the fact that Mr. Gates has been wrong before about launch timeframes. Nevermind the fact that "the next year or so" does not equate to "next year," at least not in the English language. And nevermind that Microsoft's public relations wing says that Gates' comments do not indicate a change in the development process at Windows.

Sarcasm aside, this incident does give some pause and makes me consider the blistering speed at which news, particularly tech news, is spread around the Web. Do you think that misinformation is more rife now than it was in the past?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

10 comments
noneofyour
noneofyour

How do you feel about this smarmy, misinformed post now? Or is my interpretation of your words flawed? Windows 7 in 2009 - sorry, it IS gonna happen.

bboyd
bboyd

Just like the majority of newsertainment in the internet. Loaded with circular quoting and consisting of one or two poor original sources and propagated ad infinitum. I am very negative, but it seems to me that we are in the "traveling salesman" era of computing.

ebon_hawk280
ebon_hawk280

wtf duz this men that i hav 2 buy a new 1? wil wow be compat with thz new vershun/?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

but what language is that beyond completely unintelligible? Who/what the he// is Kilrogg? And what is with that gross avatar?

Litehouse
Litehouse

Not sure what this guys problem actually is, but... Kilrogg is one of the original realm names in World of Warcraft. I happen to have a level 70 mage there. :) As for the language he's speaking, I've seen it quite often of late. It's apparently the 1337 speak of '07-'08. Make yourself sound like a total idiot so everyone will know how awesome you actually are. *rolls eyes*

Bizzo
Bizzo

I don't know what this guy's on but he's only posted to two discussions, both about wow, and both irrelevant to the thread. Are the schools on holiday this week, maybe he's just bored.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Whoa. Just bumped into the other post. Just the sort of gibberish and bad visual (again - can't say I didn't warn myself) that can wreck a good cup of coffee and mornin' eggs. Ewwww.

paulmah
paulmah

Windows 7 in 2009 is in all likelihood not going to happen. Anyway, do you think that misinformation is more rife now in this age than was so in the past?

tjohnston
tjohnston

Its like we've all got ADD.. I think the rumors surrounding the next OS from Microsoft are directly related to the dis-satisfied customers who use Vista. I know there are some people who like Vista, but there is definitely a market perception of its poor functionality, fueled by the generally well loved PC vs Mac commericials. If people were really happy with Vista a rumor about Windows 7 wouldn't be nearly as popular.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

my apologies. edit - wrong level, should have been directly after my other one in this thread.

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