I am not one to make predictions at the beginning of each New Year; that involves sticking your neck out or going out on a limb or whatever other cliché you’d care to cite. However, I will make a prediction in the hotly debated topic of when Windows 7 will be released to the public. I say fourth quarter 2010.

Now, I really have no basis for that prediction, but from some of the wild predictions I’ve seen, basis is not necessary, so I think I am safe. But I can tell you it is a gut feeling that Microsoft will want to stretch the beta testing out while at the same time milking as much revenue from Windows XP and Windows Vista as possible.

But I could be wrong. What do you think? Let’s see how the TechRepublic members feel in this quick poll. And if you want to expound on your Windows 7 release date predictions, please jump in the discussion thread. Perhaps we can reach a consensus.