I saw this yesterday but didn't have time to post about it. The BBC reports how Bill Gates has dropped the biggest hint yet of the release schedule of the successor to Vista, Windows 7. It doesn't seem that long ago since Vista came out does it? Yet the oft-maligned operating system was in fact launched.. at the beginning of 2007. Errrm.. so it hasn't been long after all then. During a Q&A session at a meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank, Gates said that Windows 7 could be released "sometime in the next year or so". Most industry commentators are speculating a 2010 release as being the most likely outcome.