Microsoft Roadmap Update

Author: Scott Braden

RCP Magazine has posted a very handy update to Microsoft’s upcoming product release plans.  This is of special interest to customers who are planning Enterprise Agreement (EA) or Software Assurance (SA) renewals in 2012.

http://rcpmag.com/articles/2011/02/01/the-2011-microsoft-product-roadmap.aspx

Note that Windows 8, Office 15, Windows Server8 , and Exchange 15 release dates have slipped from the previous guidance – now expecting late in 2012 or early 2013.

My bet is that Microsoft will make sure that Windows 8 releases in time for Christmas.  This means that we should start seeing PC OEMs announcing coupons and/or free upgrade guarantees for customers who buy Windows 7 machines, sometime in the 4th quarter.  I’ll be watching for Microsoft’s announcements regarding enterprise customer options for continuing to use Windows 7 in 2013.

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