Vista – old hat in less than 3 years?

With Vista finally on the shelves, Microsoft is now turning it’s attention to its successor. Codenamed Vienna, the new operating system is likely to appear in 2009 judging by comments made by Ben Fathi, corporate vice president of development with Microsoft’s Windows Core Operating System Division:

“You can think roughly two, two-and-a-half years is a reasonable time frame that our partners can depend on and can work with,” he said. “That’s a good timeframe for refresh.”

In an astonishing display of technobabble, Fathi continues:

“We’re going to look at a fundamental piece of enabling technology. Maybe its hypervisors, I don’t know what it is,” he said. “Maybe it’s a new user interface paradigm for consumers.”

In practise, I guess we’ll see nothing more than a redesigned Start menu – perhaps a triangle next time?

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