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Vista successor scheduled for a H2 2009 release?
 
According to reports from credible industry sources, Microsoft has released 'Milestone1" code for Windows Vista's successor, Windows 7, to key partners for validation purposes. A roadmap mentioned by our source indicates that Microsoft are looking to have Windows 7 introduced by as early as the 2H of 2009.
 
While it has generally been believed that Windows 7 was scheduled for a 2010 debut, Microsoft has revised the roadmap and apparently moved up the release date by a few months: A recently distributed roadmap of the OS lists a release to manufacturing in H2 2009. Microsoft declined to comment on this date.

The current M1 drop is available to Microsoft partners in English only and has shipped in x86 and x64 versions. An interesting feature that has been highlighted by Microsoft is the ability of the M1 software to handle a heterogeneous graphics system consisting of multiple graphics cards from different vendors. A new version of the Media center is already integrated in this software, but supports PC speakers only at this time.

If Microsoft will be able to keep the H2 2009 RTM (and most likely) release date in place, the company will have two busy. The M2 code drop is currently scheduled for April/May 2008, M3 will follow in the third quarter. The dates for the first Beta and the release candidate are still listed as “To be determined” but it doesn’t take much to see that the first beta versions could become available a year from now.
 
Details on Vista's successor are sketchy to say the least, but there has been reports of an inclusion of touch screen features and a significantly smaller kernel.
 
Do we need a successor to Vista in the very near future, especially considering the teething problems that Microsoft have had so far?
 
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