After almost 3 years since Microsoft released Windows Vista, we are now heading for a wonderful release of Windows 7, the next version of Windows OS. Windows 7 RC is expected to be released next month, April 10th. But, what about the next version of Windows OS? Let us call it Windows 8 for now.
Soni Meinke, a senior program manager in the Windows Server group in an interview with Channel 9 revealed very little info that the next version of Windows OS is already in its planning stage and her work being engaging with various customers and partners, she is already discussing the plan and strategy around them.
"I have been very involved in an effort around some early planning Win 8. It's been largely focused on establishing a customer tour where we basically go on-site to customers and really drill into their broad cross-Windows server future needs. Not specifically looking at just the Win 8 time frame, but just post-Win 7 and beyond. We've done that with the hope of getting these engagements and voice of the customer throughout the product lifecycle and driving that early on into the planning process for Win 8"
Meinke also added that the The TAP (Technology Adoption Program), the Windows Server Customer Advisory team are also part of this group. Microsoft has not published any details about its next version of Windows OS or Server yet, but it is nice to see that they are already planning on it.
Whether we like it or not, the Windows Vista failures have guided Microsoft on how they should move forward with future releases and development.
You can watch the interview with Soni Meinke below