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Windows 7 pre-beta developer hand-out could claw back initiative for Microsoft

Simon Quicke

One of the reasons cited by customers unwilling to upgrade to Vista has been the expectations that Windows 7 could arrive and make the intermediate upgrade unnecessary.

But with the hype around Windows 7 starting to increase the consequences could be good for both Vista and the next OS as users face the reality that they cannot cling on to XP for much longer.

In previous months there have been mixed views about the penetration of Vista into the enterprise market with Forrester research revealing that it expected higher levels of sales now that the operating system had been around for 18 months and gained acceptance.

Microsoft is going to be handing out pre-betas ay next month's Professional Developer Conference with expectations among some industry watchers that not only will more technical specs be detailed but there might even be the possibility of a release date being muted.

Mike Lawrence, managing director of BentPenny, said that a move by Microsoft to reclaim the product agenda after its troubles with Vista would help the vendor.

"Effectively it will not help Vista but it will help Microsoft a lot if it can show what's on the drawing board," he said.

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