The folks over at APC Magazine managed to sneak a look at a recently release roadmap for Windows 7. According to them, instead of the anticipated date of 2010, Microsoft could release the major upgrade to its Windows operating system as early as the second half of 2009.

Excerpt from APC Magazine:

There are apparently three “milestone” builds planned for 2008, and the first one – M1 – has already shipped to key partners for code validation… M2 should ship around April/May, and M3 some time in the third quarter of 2008. There’s no available roadmap information about further milestone, beta or release candidate builds, except the updated RTM release date of H2 2009.

Since Vista went RTM in November 2006, a similar release of Windows 7 in the second half of 2009 would make it a neat three years.

Do you reckon that Microsoft is prepared to throw in the towel over Vista finally? It does look suspiciously like a repeat of Windows ME to me. What is your opinion of the earlier release date?


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