Beta versions of Windows 7 are out. The Vista successor also known as “Vienna” was announced as a Cloud OS (don’t mix it up with gOS Cloud). In the next few days we will find out if it is ready to replace Win XP or Linux as a Netbook Operating Platform. For productivity purposes users are asked to stay with Vista or XP. The release cycle is said to take three years minimum.
See CES 2009: Windows 7 for some examples how Microsoft wants to get the OS more user-oriented.