While some of us here don’t feel Windows Vista to be the atrocity that many others make it out to be, there’s no denying that it was a stumble for Microsoft.
For some PC users and Microsoft alike, Windows Vista couldn’t be replaced soon enough. For this reason, Microsoft is likely putting a rush order to get Windows 7 out the door as soon as possible.
According to comments received by CNET from Microsoft director Doug Howe, Windows 7 will be shipping on new PCs as soon as a year from now, for holiday 2009.
"Definitely the holiday focus is going to be on 7," Howe said.
While the last piece of software that anyone would want rushed is an operating system, early looks at the Windows 7 place it as a solid evolution that should address most of the complaints users had of Vista, plus some new features such as extended notebook battery life.
Check out our latest picture story of a Windows 7 pre-beta build on Tom’s Guide.