Is Windows Vista the End?

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Is Microsoft finally beginning to get it or is this more smoke?

According to, Microsoft has decided to continue focusing on desktop products. This means Windows Vista and the 2007 Office System will be followed by Windows Seven and Office 14. Kevine Turner, Chief Operating Officer at Microsoft, emphasized the fact that Windows Vista will not be the last big operating system release from Microsoft. That also holds true for Office 2007.

"There will be another release of and launch of a Vista type operating system. There will be another release of Office, and we're going to continue to invest in that, because the customer wants a choice. You know, we started out as a client desktop company 32 years ago, and built a very successful and promising business." Turner stated. He also alluded to the fact that it was an unprecedented year for Vista and Office. It certainly was.

Windows Vista was allegedly going to be the last major release of Windows, which would signal the beginning of the end of the operating system as we know it. Some analysts predicted a revolution of the Windows platform, a forecast based on user input and next generation technology evolutions, such as virtualization and Microsoft's own business model.

Microsoft has continuously denied the existence of another large operating system to follow Vista, or another major update to their Office suite. Windows Seven and Office 14 are reportedly going to be available in 2009 or 2010.

"When you think about Vista, the 2007 Office system, and Exchange 2007, those were huge, huge, big dog releases. Those are monumental products, multi-billion dollar products that we put into the marketplace. But, ladies and gentlemen, that's only a part of the story. That's only just a fraction of the story," Turner added.

Well, at least he got the big dog part right. That definitely remains to be seen.

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