Earlier this month we reported about rumours that Microsoft may be planning to release Windows 7 in 2009, this was contradicted this week by other reports but according to TweakTown there's a pretty good chance that Windows 7 will arriev in the second half of 2009:
A recent roadmap suggests that Microsoft will launch “Windows 7”, the successor to Vista as early as the second half of 2009. This is contrary to initial reports which stated its release sometime in 2010. According to APC Magazine, there are three milestone projects in the Windows 7 program, with the first stage already in progress. M1 is an Alpha build which has shipped to key partners for code evaluation. Stage two, due around April/May will be an updated version, and stage three is likely towards the end of the year if all goes to plan.