Ballmer pledges shorter Windows release cycles

After the delays that have plagued Windows Vista and Bill Gates' statement two weeks ago that the operating system was 20% likely to be postponed beyond its January 2007 launch time frame, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has pledged to shorten future Windows release cycles. Ballmer stated, "We will never have a five-year gap between releases of flagship products." He added that major, time-consuming projects—like the WinFS storage subsystem, perhaps—will still go forward, but that they will no longer be promised to customers or "hold up big releases." Despite these promises, Ballmer stayed mute on the schedule for Vienna, Windows Vista's successor.
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