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Forget Vista, I'm Skipping to Windows 7

Wondering what the next release of Windows for the desktop will look like? So am I, and so -- I imagine -- are the developers themselves.

But here's what we do know: It already has a code-name, "Windows 7" (Windows 95 was 4, 98 was 5 and XP was 6), it's expected to ship in 2010, and it will run in 32 or 64 bits. Microsoft is also kicking around the idea of selling it on a subscription basis.

Do you really want to rent your OS? And should Redmond bite the bullet and go pure 64-bit? Let us know at [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on July 23, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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