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Windows 7 Looking Like a June 2009 Delivery

Anxious to put an end to those annoying Apple ads and the negative perception around Vista, Microsoft's new OS may come a lot sooner than it has said.

Publicly, Microsoft has said Windows 7, the successor operating system to the firm's much maligned Windows Vista, will not ship until early 2010, but its internal calendar has June 3, 2009 as the planned release date, has learned.

Also, Microsoft will use its Professional Developer's Conference in late October as the launch platform for the first public beta of Windows 7. Microsoft plans to release the first beta on October 27, the first day of the show, when Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie will be the keynote speaker.

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has two major developer shows planned for the Los Angeles area in a two week period: PDC on October 27 to October 30, and the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) is a week later. While PDC has listed its keynote speakers, Microsoft has not listed who will be the keynote speakers at WinHEC.

One hardware vendor, who asked not to be identified, told the internal builds are already available for testing and certification of hardware. However, these betas are only available to partners for hardware and software certification, not open to all developers. Microsoft has what are called Milestone builds and is believed to be on its third major build, called M3, before releasing the beta.

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