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Next version of Windows: Call it 7

Microsoft have released some details regarding their next OS - Windows 7 (codenamed Vienna). One of Microsoft' main aims is to establish a more predictable release schedule with their software, and to provide business partners with a better process of information disclosure.

Like Vista, Windows 7 will ship in consumer and business versions, and in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The company also confirmed that it is considering a subscription model to complement Windows, but did not provide specifics or a time frame.

Next up on Microsoft's agenda is Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, which is expected before year's end.

The discussion of Windows' future isn't surprising, given that Microsoft has been criticized by business customers for delays related to Vista. Many business customers pay for Microsoft's software under a license agreement called Software Assurance.

..."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,"...

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Early indications are that there will still be a 32-bit only version, so we might not see the industry move en masse to 64-bit just yet.

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