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Next Windows OS due in 2010

Microsoft staffer confirms to Softpedia that Windows 7 is due for 2010

Microsoft has confirmed that its next desktop OS - previously code-named Windows Vienna but now called Windows 7 - is due for arrival the year after next.

Although a specific release date for Windows Vista’s successor platform has not been announced, a Microsoft staffer this month confirmed to industry website Softpedia that Windows 7 is on track for a 2010 release.

"The specific release date will be determined once the company meets its quality bar for release," Softpedia quoted the spokesperson as saying.

This leak follows earlier details on the OS, which were sent to select Microsoft partners in January of this year (along with, Softpedia has claimed, an early Build version of Windows 7), which suggested that the next version of Windows - having just reached the M1 stage (Milestone 1 refers to a first-version software build) - would be completed by the end of 2009.

Windows 7 is thought to include Vista’s Aero GUI, an updated start menu that includes pinnable items, plus new versions of IE 7, Windows Mail and Windows Media Center.

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