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'Windows 7' May Arrive in Second Half of 2009

Following reports that Microsoft released "Milestone 1" for Windows 7 to several partners, TG Daily reports that software will get released in late 2009.

Following reports that Microsoft recently released the "Milestone 1" code for Windows 7 -- its next desktop operating system following Vista -- to several partners, TG Daily is reporting that a new roadmap for the software shows a release during the second half of 2009.

Microsoft has said previously that Windows 7 (previously code-named "Blackcomb" and "Vienna") is scheduled for release in 2010. The roadmap showing the 2009 schedule was provided to TG Daily by a source; Microsoft refused to comment on the date.

So has Windows 7 been pushed forward? Redmond magazine columnist and All About Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley writes that it's possible Microsoft's been planning to release Windows 7 in 2009 all along: "What better way to convince customers on the fence about upgrading to Vista or waiting for the next Windows build that they should make the move? ('Do you really want to wait at least three more years?')"

Foley points out that Microsoft had previously given a 2009 ship date for Windows 7; 2009 would fit with Microsoft's previously announced two-year release schedule; and the timing makes perfect sense for a 2009 holiday release.

"Could Windows 7 ship before Microsoft's publicly stated date of 2010? Definitely. In fact, I will almost be surprised if it doesn't," she wrote.

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Becky Nagel is the executive editor of the 1105 Redmond Media Group's Web sites, including Redmondmag.com, RCPmag.com, RedDevNews.com and VisualStudioMagazine.com, among others.

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