Windows 7 Beta 1 Looks Good for January Release

By  |  Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Although Microsoft earlier this year had been maintaining that we’d not see Windows 7 until 2010, most Redmond watchers kind of figured out a long time ago that the company had for all intents and purposes given up on Windows Vista.

We reported earlier this week that even two years after release, Vista is running on about 20 percent of computers according to Net Applications. By contrast, Windows XP is running on over three times as many. So, by that measure Vista has not been a success at all.

However, in a (possibly inadvertent) comment posted to his personal web log on MSDN, Southeast District Architect Evangelist Chad Brooks says that the company is guessing that Windows 7 Beta 1 will probably be out by the January 13th.

That will be an exciting week — on the 13th, a new version of Windows, and the following Tuesday, a new president of the United States. Talk about change! But I do digress…

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