As Mary Jo Foley and Robert McLaws found out today, Microsoft has reversed its many years tradition of not commenting on wild rumors or speculation within the media about future products or strategies.
Robert points out in the “Microsoft Statement in Response to Speculation on Next Version of Windows“, this could be one of the shortest press release statements ever issued by Microsoft, and seems like an over-reaction on their behalf for what would normally expect from enthusiast as a change of focus after a product has shipped.
There’s no denying Windows 7 exists, there’s even a job description (via Robert McLaws) mentioning the “Windows 7 release effort”. Perhaps Microsoft is expecting a little more fanfare over Windows Vista, but considering some have even been talking about Vista for 5 years, it’s not exactly a whole new operating system to figure out. It would be foolish not to start fantasizing over what features might be dropped from the next version of Windows.
And since we’re so speculative at the moment, I thought I might just throw this out into the pool of speculation.
If this is a sign of the post-Allchin era with the new executives, then it’s going to be a miserable two years.