Next version of Windows to come within three years

— 4:19 PM on July 20, 2007

At a field sales force conference in Orlando, Florida yesterday, Microsoft shed a little more light on its plans for the next version of Windows. The folks at CNet have the scoop thanks to "sources close to the company," and they say Microsoft revealed its intention to release the next version of Windows "within roughly three years."

The upcoming operating system is reportedly called "Windows 7" within the company, which suggests that Microsoft could finally be dumping the random naming scheme it introduced with Windows ME at the start of the decade. The release of Windows 7 within about three years of Vista's introduction will reportedly be part of steps taken by Microsoft to move to a more "predictable" release schedule for new operating systems. CNet says Microsoft also reiterated that Windows 7 will ship in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, just like Windows Vista.

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