Microsoft provides latest Windows 7 roadmap

Microsoft has been releasing monthly updates to OEM's on their upcoming Windows 7 operating system.

Techarp has posted their latest update where Microsoft notes that they are currently finishing product research based on feedback from OEM and end users. This will help them determine potential Windows 7 offerings / SKUs. Microsoft aims to provide detailed Windows 7 SKU information sometime this month. The next OEM update is scheduled to be released around November 13, 2008.

Interestingly, Microsoft has revealed the "Windows 7 Language Waves". Localised versions of Windows 7 will be released over 101 days after RTM. These are not general release dates but dates that indicate when the various languages will be finalised.

Wave 0 - RTM - English, Spanish, Japanese, German, French
Wave 1 - RTM + 14 days - Italian, Dutch, Russian, Simplified Chinese
Wave 2 - RTM + 28 days - Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Turkish, Korean
Wave 3 - RTM + 45 days - Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong), Czech, Portuguese, Hungarian
Wave 4 - RTM + 59 days - Danish, Norwegian (Bokmål), Finnish
Wave 5 - RTM + 73 days - Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Ukrainian
Wave 6 - RTM + 87 days - Thai, Romanian, Lithuanian, Slovak, Bulgarian
Wave 7 - RTM + 101 days - Estonian, Croatian, Serbian Latin, Latvian, Slovenian

In the OEM update Microsoft also detailed Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU). Like Vista, Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to a "more premium" version to unlock additional features. More details will be forthcoming in Novembers update presumably when Microsoft release SKU information.

Microsoft is also planning a Windows 7 Tech Guarantee Program, where end users you purchase Vista systems will have the option (for a limited time) of upgrading to Windows 7.

Eligible Editions : Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate
Eligible Languages : Wave 0 to Wave 4
Available Upgrade Paths : Like-to-like product paths only (e.g. from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium)

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Maybe you should research more on that comment Jordan.. Netbooks power, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 flawlessly. Theres evidence and reviews everywhere.

Think before you speak next time.

Meh I moved to Vista Home Premium x64 hoping they would make it their main OS a few years yet, I knew they were going to increase OS's release more, but not this quick. Glad I got the cheap OEM, I wonder how much the upgrade would be?

NO ! and Never

can we have stop talking about that obsolete NTFS supersit tech

i am sick and tired from winFS BS

As well as most of WinFS was broken up and put to use in several difference products. But the whole concept of WinFS is gone. They have developed something just as good in its place as Snakey said.

statm1 said,
As well as most of WinFS was broken up and put to use in several difference products. But the whole concept of WinFS is gone. They have developed something just as good in its place as Snakey said.

WinFS isn't a file system.

ONE VERSION PLEASE.

Or two - "normal home (re: cheap OEM) version" + "upgrade to premium" option version if you absolutely MUST.

Apple can do this. So can you.

It just completely screws up everyone from OEMs to end users to try and sort the SKU stupidity out. And when they do, it's down to two versions ANYWAY. When you buy from OEMs, you get a choice of Home Premium or Ultimate...period.

It would considerably cool the Windows 7 excitement if MS shows they learned nothing from this SKU Vista fiasco.

Apple can do it because they have a much smaller install base, that runs on a considerably less diverse range of hardware (which they manufacture).

I'm afraid you're comparing apples to oran...well, Windows.

Any idea at the pricing of Windows7? now you all got my wife watching for Windows7..jerks! lol (just kidding)

how about some more SKU's?

Win 7 home edition
Win7 WBE(why bother edition)
Win7 obnoxiously expensive home edition

then the business SKU's

Groan. I bet my lovely retail-box copy of Vista Ultimate (free from MS promotion) won't entitle me to Windows 7 later. I don't mind Vista, but I'd be worried Vista will become a driver pariah like pre-Win2000 NT products

What do they mean "the option of upgrading to Windows 7"??? Does this mean that since I bought Vista Ultimaste retail, that I get Windows 7 for free?

InPCHell said,
What do they mean "the option of upgrading to Windows 7"??? Does this mean that since I bought Vista Ultimaste retail, that I get Windows 7 for free?


that would be lovely

I would imagine you would have to purchase a Vista system shortly before 7 releases. They aren't going to give it away to people who have had Vista for years.

Buy a computer from a major store today and the OS will proably be Windows Vista Home Premium pre-installed. I gues most sales persons just say "This computer has the lastest version of windows called Vista"

I'm currently reading a MS publication that states the SKU's for vista are... Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate. They also add in Eruope there is also Home Basic N & Business N. For emerging markets the is Starter Edition too. So in total I count 6. There are 64 bit version of everything other than Starter edition, if you factor all that in kinda makes 11 diffrent SKU's.

For avrage Joe they just see what the sales person tells them (this comuter has vista).

With the free upgrade thing, bet it will be just like they did with vista giving customers a voutcher (to keep the hardware manufacturs happy) for anyone who gets a PC a few months before Win7 Release.

Because it's the only version of Vista with enough features to make it worth having. This is FREE market research, MS. One, or two, versions of W7...tops.

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