On 28 October 2008, Microsoft offered the first details on the next version of Windows, "Windows 7," at its Professional Developers Conference. While Microsoft remains circumspect about its targets, we expect Windows 7 will ship in advance of the 2009 holiday season.
Windows 7 features will include:
There are two kinds of Windows releases — “plumbing” releases, which make major changes to Windows architecture, and “polishing” releases, which build on the plumbing release, improving usability and functionality. Windows Vista was a plumbing release; Windows 7 is shaping up to be a polishing release, just as Windows XP was a polishing release of Windows 2000. We believe that the name Windows "7" is more a marketing statement to distance the new release from the poorly received Vista than a marker of major architectural changes; it would be better characterized as version 6.x.
Many will see refinements in Windows 7 as a reason to skip Windows Vista. However, the many improvements in Windows 7 do not persuade us to change our advice on Vista deployment. The features target personalized experiences, improved access to information and services, and improvements in device handling, but will not significantly improve compatibility or testing over current Vista versions. Microsoft will likely ship Windows 7 in 3Q09, in time for holiday PC preloads, and organizations will need about a year to ensure application compatibility and independent software vendor (ISV) support for applications. Most organizations will not be ready to deploy Windows 7 until about 18 months after it ships — mid-2011 if it ships on time, and into 2012 if it ships late.
(You may need to sign in or be a Gartner client to access the documents referenced in this First Take.)
|Resource Id: 789212|