InternetNews claims Microsoft's internal calendar has June 3, 2009, and not early 2010, as the launch date for the next version of Windows.
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). 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 InternetNews.com 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.
When asked for comment, a Microsoft spokesperson told InternetNews.com that the company is in the planning stages for Windows 7 and "development is scoped to three years from Windows Vista consumer general availability." Beyond that, the company said it was not sharing additional information at this time.