Microsoft Says Next System Out In 2009

"SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States (UPI) -- A Microsoft executive says the software giant plans to deliver its next client operating system less than two years after Vista finally hit stores.

Ben Fathi, an executive vice president of development, was one of the speakers at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, the International Data Group News Service reported.

Vista was released more than five years after the previous operating system, Windows XP. Fathi blamed the delay on a worm outbreak in 2003 that required the company to shift to securing XP with the XP Service Pack 2.

'You can think roughly two, two-and-a-half years is a reasonable time frame that our partners can depend on and can work with,' he said. 'That`s a good timeframe for refresh.[...]"