The mixed messages coming out from Microsoft about Windows 7 continue with CEO Steve Ballmer accepting that some customers will skip Vista and wait for the next generation operating system.
In the run-up to next weeks developers conference, where more details of Windows 7 and a beta version will be made public, Ballmer has been speaking on the future using the Gartner Symposium as the platform to make his latest comments.
According to reports he accepted that users would wait for Windows 7 but advised them to upgrade to Vista because it would have compatibility and it was better to start making the changes now.
"If people want to wait they really can," said Ballmer according to reports "But I'd definitely deploy Vista."
He gave a similar message when speaking to resellers in London last month talking up Vista but at the same time stoking excitement about Windows 7, which he promised had learnt from the mistakes of its current OS.
There are also reports that vendors including Asus are lining up a Q1 release of hardware running off Windows 7.