According to News.com, Microsoft is planning to ship the next major version of Windows within roughly three years compared to the more than five years for Windows Vista. It is also to be known internally as Windows 7 from its previous code name of Vienna.
Sources close to the company says that the company discussed Windows 7 last Thursday at a conference for its field sales force in Orlando, Fla.
Some key points for Windows 7 would be:
- There will be a consumer version as well as a business version.
- 32-bit and 64-bit editions will be available.
- A subscription model to complement Windows is being considered, though no decision has been made on that yet.
According to Microsoft:
"Microsoft is scoping Windows 7 development to a three-year time frame, and then the specific release date will ultimately be determined by meeting the quality bar."
It is clear that Microsoft hopes to avoid the delays in Vista which has opened it to much criticism, especially with customers who have signed up under its Software Assurance scheme.
You can read more about the Next version of Windows: Call it 7 (News.com).
Before we even talk about Windows 7 though, have you migrated to Windows Vista yet?
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