Attendees at next month's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) could get the first public look at Windows 7, the next version of Microsoft's client OS.
Microsoft plans major announcement in January
At its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles in October, Microsoft said it would release the beta early in 2009. Though nothing has been confirmed, signs are pointing to sometime in January and possibly the CES show in Las Vegas as a likely release date. CES is scheduled for January 8-11.
A member of Microsoft's public relations team in the UK said in an email that at the show, "Microsoft will be making some significant announcements including Windows 7". She did not specify exactly what the news around the OS would be. But several blogs, including All About Microsoft, have reported that beta testers are expecting a Windows 7 beta any day.
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Furthermore, Microsoft wrote on a website for its Microsoft Developer Network Conferences (MDCs) that attendees of those conferences, some of which are scheduled for mid-January, can expect a Windows 7 beta DVD.
Microsoft expects to release Windows 7 in early 2010, although some industry observers expect it may be out by the end of 2009 because of lacklustre customer response to Windows Vista. Many business customers in particular have opted to skip Vista and run XP until Windows 7 is available.