And so it begins: Microsoft’s Windows 7 slips to 2010

“Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates’ words are being parsed for hidden meanings. According to my News.com colleague Ina Fried, Gates said this week during a speech before the Inter-American Development Bank: ‘Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new (Windows) version,’ Mary Jo Foley blogs for ZDNet.

“Microsoft officials are insisting nothing has changed: Windows 7 is due out roughly three years after Windows Vista’s consumer launch (which was January 2007), meaning in early 2010,” Foley reports.

MacDailyNews Take: So, Gates said “2009” last week, but now it’s already slipped to “2010.” Please see related article: Microsoft figurehead Bill Gates sees next version of Windows ‘sometime in the next year or so’ – April 04, 2008

In an earlier report from last July, Foley explained, “Microsoft officials told MGX attendees that the company is currently internally planning Windows Seven. So far, the company has determined Windows Seven will come in both 32- and 64-bit flavors.”

MacDailyNews Take: It’s amazing (and sad) that Microsoft still won’t be able to figure out how to do 64-bit right by 2011. Please see related articles:
• Apple does 64-bit right, Microsoft… not so much – August 03, 2007
Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard is 64-bit done right, unlike Microsoft’s Windows Vista kludge – August 14, 2006

Also, from that earler report, Foley continues, “Microsoft officials confirmed the veracity of this Windows Seven information… Short answer: Yes, it is going to take us at least three years to release Windows Seven. Longer if it’s buggy and doesn’t hit the ‘quality bar.'”

It’s a good thing for Microsoft that Windows has slipped, according to Foley, “If Windows 7 were to hit in mid-2009, a number of users (especially corporate ones) would likely just wait for the next Windows release, hoping that the driver and application incompatibilities that plagued Vista might get ironed out and that changes that might introduce new problems would be kept to a minimum.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Beverly M” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: When you drop the “quality bar” on the floor, as Microsoft does, how difficult is it to hit, much less clear? Maybe that’s the problem. Perhaps Microsoft’s spaghetti coders are slipping and sliding (like Windows release dates) on those “quality bars” rolling around, then crashing over backwards and cracking their heads on the floor?

[UPDATE: 1:10pm EDT: Updated article with excerpts from Foley’s April 4, 2008 posting and fixed headline to reflect 2010 is the current target year for “Windows 7.”]

115 Comments

  1. This is certainly FANTASTIC news for Mac OS X!

    It’s BAD news for the legions of MS Shills and Apologists. Everyone knows, even MS-lovers, that it’ll keep on slip-sliding away.

    Mac sales will be UP!

  2. Or they could just be honest and call it Windows Never, charge the saps a hefty annual subscription to keep Ballmer happy in his cage with a plate of ribs and a stack of jelly doughnuts and then occasionally throw the soiled masses a Service Pack bone to shut them up. It’s not much different from their business plan today.

  3. @M.X.N.T.4.1

    Maybe it’s good the aliens are not interested in us. If Apple was the one in lead instead of microsoft then we probably would have been probed and killed off years ago.

  4. Because of the Vista debacle, Microsoft will make sure that Windows 7 is smaller, faster, and more efficient that Vista. (Not all that hard to do when you think about it.) It will also copy OS X even more than before. Windows 7 will be great! But who cares?

    By that time, Apple will have an insurmountable consumer market share and will have made significant inroads into the enterprise. Microsoft will find itself playing catch-up.

    (The US Army already uses Macs, and an Army web site is hosted on OS X.)

  5. “Boy, when Microsoft releases its NEWEST OS, it’ll be so, it’ll be better than … ooooo, just you WAIT!”

    Because the packaging will be design on a Mac?

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  6. This may be a ground (grass roots) up new operating system with former Windows apps running in a “classic” mode. That rumor is bouncing around somewhere. If this is true then they may actually be able to create a modern OS.

    OR they could try to write a newer and “better” Vista and as such keep slogging around in mud of legacy code. If so, they are doomed for sure.

    Even if they attempt to write a fresh new OS, they are likely doomed. Writing an OS from the ground up is apparently a more-than-enormous undertaking. If they do this, they will be lucky to get the project out the door by 2012 or more. Even then, if they did a great job, it would still be in it’s infancy like OS X 10.0. It would likely take future versions to be truly usable.

    And even if is was the most fantastic OS out there, It would be tough to generate adoption for many years.

    Furthermore, they would have to develop all the server software, and other enterprise utilities and apps plus a decent SDK.

    So again, either way, they are doomed, truly and utterly.

  7. Windows 7 might be modular, in which case Bill Gates has just delivered the vaporware module.

    They are drawing attention away from Vista to Windows 7 very early in the development schedule. This is a public admission that Vista is a train wreck.

  8. What never ceases to amaze me is that in the face of all of MS’s blatant f*ck-up and never-ending displays of incompetency, Windows Sufferers will defend them to the death, as evidence of the feedback thread of the ZDNet story. And they honestly have the nerve to call Mac Users “fanboys”! Wow…

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