Attendees at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) could get the first public look at Windows 7, the next version of Microsoft’s client OS.
At its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles in October, Microsoft said it would release the beta early in 2009. Though nothing has been confirmed, signs are pointing to sometime in January and possibly the CES show in Las Vegas as a likely release date. CES is scheduled for Jan. 8-11.
A member of Microsoft’s public relations team in the U.K. said in an e-mail that at the show, “Microsoft will be making some significant announcements including Windows 7.” She did not specify exactly what the news around the OS would be. But several blogs, including All About Microsoft, have reported that beta testers are expecting a Windows 7 beta any day.
Some of the MDCs were this month and the site gave Microsoft an out if the beta wasn’t released in December, saying that “the DVD will be shipped to attendees when it becomes available.” A Windows 7 beta was not released at those conferences, and the next MDCs are scheduled for Jan. 13 in Chicago and Minneapolis.