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Windows 7 fast-tracked due to unpopular Vista?

There's been a healthy debate in our forum following last week's blog about InfoWorld's Save XP campaign.

As someone who uses XP in the office, but Vista at home and on a laptop when on the move, I have to report that I've not once had a problem with Microsoft's newest operating system. But you cannot ignore the anti-Vista sentiment among those who expected more from Microsoft after such a long development period.

Vista cynics criticise the operating system's hardware requirements and lack of hardware support (at least initially) among other things, the upshot being that the new OS has been labelled as Microsoft's most unpopular yet, while its predecessor is now seen as quite the opposite.

This fact has not gone unnoticed at Microsoft HQ, and if you believe one report pointed out in our forums, it may even have convinced the software giant to fast-track Vista's successor – Windows 7. Every official statement we've heard so far claims Windows 7 will be with us in 2010, but TG Daily claims it could launch in just 18 months' time. Apparently 'key partners' already have 'Milestone 1' (M1) code for Windows 7, and TG Daily even claims to have details of some of its features.

There's nothing concrete to back up these claims, but rumours of an early launch for Windows 7 will do nothing to help Vista sales. If InfoWorld's Save XP campaign fails and XP is no longer available in the shops after June 2008, those who aren't prepared to buy into Vista may only have to wait a year before another new version of Windows is available.

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