Its nuts that they're thinking ahead that far (by the time you get a "new" version: its already outdated)...then again, with the case of the Sony PlayStation, I heard about Sony talking about the PS4 even before the PS2 made its debut.
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1142 times:
Of course considering how long it took for them to release Longhorn, I mean Vista, this next version may still be years away. Vista was in development before XP even hit the streets. Of course the delay was caused by scrapping the original plan to use the XP source code, as Longhorn and Whistler were originally slated to be minor versions in between XP and Blackcomb (Now known as Vienna). If Vienna comes out in 2009, I'd be surprised. Of course, I thought they wouldn't release MSFS-X until some time after Vista came out, so who knows.
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1110 times:
Quoting N231YE (Reply 1): Its nuts that they're thinking ahead that far
Not at all. The development cycle on projects of this magnitude demand that the the product development is planned often two or three versions in the future. When Win2k was released, XP was well in to coding and Vista was on the drawing board.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21592 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1085 times:
Quoting N231YE (Reply 5): I understand...its just the fact of the matter, by the time one purchases WindowsX, Microsoft is already 2 operating systems and a few years ahead.
Or more precisely: behind.
Quoting N231YE (Reply 5): One for Klaus and the Mac fans: Is Apple already working on 10.6 and 10.7 (10.5 Leopard is scheduled to be released in October)
You can bet on that. But Apple very rarely pre-announces products any farther ahead than they absolutely have to, so we won't know what those plans actually look like. New features are usually embargoed right up to the official keynote presentation.
Although it seems likely now that the next version following Leopard will probably include full ZFS file system support which is kind of a big deal (ZFS support will be read-only and experimental in Leopard for the time being).
10.5 Leopard was actually the first time Apple had a delay of a few months. But that still pales in comparison to several years in the case of Windows Vista.