Jack Writes: Microsoft confirmed that Vista's successor, dubbed Vienna and currently bearing the code-name Windows 7, will land on PCs worldwide in 2010, 3 years after the official debut of its disappointing predecessor.
With more than 100 million OEM licensees for Vista confirmed by Bill Gates at this year's CES, the current-gen operating system from Microsoft is apparently on track of achieving its previously established goal- 200 million PCs/laptops with it installed by the end of 2008. However, since Steve Ballmer promised the world that MS will no longer delay operating systems like it delayed Vista (more than 6 years have passed between XP and Vista), it appears that the engineers there have sped things up a bit with Vienna. As a consequence, Vista's successor is due to arrive in late 2010, according to a declaration issued by the software behemoth.
More specifically, Vienna will arrive "three years after the launch of Vista Consumer Finals".
"We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and development is scoped to three years from Windows Vista Consumer GA. The specific release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar for release," said one of Microsoft's spokespersons to Softpedia.com.