Microsoft ponders Windows after Vista
Is there life after Windows Vista? Microsoft is already looking past the Windows XP successor that took five years to hatch to a radically different version of the Windows operating system. New "multicore" chips from Intel and AMD, which include multiple processors on a single piece of silicon, could require a substantial revamp of Windows, says Bryan Barnett, a program manager in Microsoft's research operation. While Windows Vista will run on multicore chips, it doesn't take full advantage of their processing power.

Of course, the biggest holdup to starting work on the replacement to Vista may be getting Vista out the door. The much-delayed operating system may not reach consumers until the second quarter of 2007, says Citigroup analyst Brent Thill.
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