Originally Posted by forrestcupp
But this is a very recent article claiming that MS has bumped the date forward a couple of months to put the release in the second half of 2009. It's possible.
I just don't like the idea of having to pay that kind of money every 2 or 3 years. It makes me consider going back to predominantly using Linux.
No M$ has not bumped it up. This is just another one of those reports from people who just like to get readers. M$ officially has only announced Windows 7 in 2010. Reading thru the sources you find this:
Several industry sources have confirmed to TG Daily that a very early version of Windows 7, previously code-named Blackcomb Vienna, already has been shipped to “key partners” as a “Milestone 1” (M1) code drop for validation purposes.
This is not M$ saying nothing. They have only released the M1 code for Windows 7. Which is normal for the 2-3 year beta cycle/release cycle. M1 code is the very first alpha code for the new build. It is nothing more. It isnt even considered a alpha build yet. It is the M1. They still have M2, M3, M4 and possibly M5 to get thru yet. then you have the Codename Builds (Windows 7 builds) then you will get the Official Statement on the new name and then you will get those Beta Builds. This is the same cycle that Longhorn/Vista went thru.
So now Windows 7 did not get Officially bumped up at all. It is still slated for 2010 just like M$ has said. This is just the reporters taking another shot at M$ and VIsta. Nothing more.
Look at the release cycle of Longhorn. First build leaked in Nov 2002. This was a internal build. From there it goes on till April of 2005 when they abandon the Longhorn code and start over with the Vista code. this is at the time the announce the name change from Codename Longhorn to Windows Vista. We start to see the first Beta builds of Vista get released in July. Build 5112 is the first build released with the new name and new code.
Story goes on thru the Beta and finally in Nov of 2006 they release it. Just over a year with the new coding and name. So we have a long time before it goes from Milestone code to Alpha builds (Internal) to Betas that get released (Leaked). That process alone can be anywhere from 12-18 months. Which that alone will take us to mid to late 2009. Still have to get the Betas done then. So i would not expect to see Windows 7 anytime before 2010 like M$ had originally said.