With Windows Vista on the market for just two weeks, some bloggers and trade publications were already marking their calendars for the next release of Windows.
The stories stemmed from comments made last week by Ben Fathi, corporate vice president in charge of development for the Windows Core Operating System Division.
"You can think roughly two, 2 1/2 years is a reasonable time frame that our partners can depend on and can work with," Fathi said in this story by IDG News Service. "That's a good time frame for refresh."
Many people took that to mean another Windows go-round by 2009. The chatter must be getting hot when Microsoft goes so far as to douse it with an official response on its Web site for journalists.
"We are not giving official guidance to the public yet about the next version of Windows, other than that we're working on it. When we are ready, we will provide updates," reads the statement, attributed to Kevin Kutz, Director, Windows Client.