It looks like we may be saying “Vista? What Vista?” as soon as the 2009 holiday shopping season.

According to Sam Diaz at ZDNet, Microsoft director Jim Howe dropped the information that Windows 7 is just around the corner during Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in Los Angeles this week.  That being said, Mary-Jo Foley, also of ZDNet, is saying that one source told her it may be in time for the back to school computer sales for next year.

Before the program can be released to the product, it does have a timeline to follow.

  • Feature-complete, public Beta 1: The week before Christmas 2008 (Microsoft is saying Q1 2009)
  • No public Beta 2 (Microsoft isn’t saying whether there will be a Beta 2)
  • Release Candidate: Q1/Q2 2009 (Microsoft is saying there will be “a release candidate” but offering no due date)
  • RTM: Mid-2009 (Microsoft is saying “early 2010″)

Following this timeline, it would be approximately three years or less since the debut of Microsoft’s troubled operating system, Vista.  As an interesting side note, that will mean Vista had a longer development cycle (5 years) than it had lifespan as the primary Windows product.  Seeing as I have been extremely critical of Vista, I will admit that made me chuckle.

On a good note, instead of the problems people had moving their device drivers from Windows XP to Vista, but Microsoft is taking great pains to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.

My personal suggestion to everyone right now would be to milk your computers for as much life as you can, and see if you can make it until Windows 7.  While we are still lacking in details on the OS, I am hopeful we will see the faults of Vista go away and 7 will finally be a worthy successor to Windows XP.

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