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Windows Seven will not be launched in 2009, says Microsoft

In an email response to, Microsoft (opens in new tab) has insisted that it will not be releasing Windows 7 next year, nor in 2010.

(Edit : Mary Jo Foley (opens in new tab) has an interesting post which mentions that Microsoft is still on track to deliver Seven by 2010 and that one of her sources confirmed that there's a big push to make Seven a leaner OS)

Instead, the software manufacturer is banking on a 2011-ish release date, which might be pushed to 2012 or even 2013 depending on the development cycle and that Windows Seven is still in the planning stages.

"We are currently in the planning stages for Windows 7 and expect it will take approximately 3 years to develop," said the spokesperson. "The specific release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar for release."

According to the email, more than 100 million Windows Vista Licenses have been sold which represents just over 40 percent of new computers being sold since Vista was shipped, which points, as Appleinsider (opens in new tab) noticed to the fact that most PCs were shipped with Windows XP or some other operating system.

It also means that the percentage was much lower because of a significant minority of upgraders who purchased Vista as a shrink-wrapped package.

There are hints that Windows Seven is going to be different from the previous versions of Windows with many hoping to see a nimbler, back to basics version of Windows.

The Minwin version (opens in new tab) - a lean 25MB Windows Seven Kernel with a 40MB memory usage - which was presented back in October 2007 points in that direction.

There has also been a number of "user reviews" of the Windows Seven Operating system that have been reported over all over the web.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.