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Pre-beta Windows 7 OS will be given to developers at coming conferences

Microsoft Windows Vista is still considered relatively new on the market and some users have not yet upgraded from Windows XP to Vista for a variety of reasons. Microsoft is continuing to allow certain types of computers to run Windows XP thanks to its lower cost and overhead.

Despite being released less than two years ago to the general public, Microsoft is hard at work on the replacement for Vista. DailyTech reported that the next Microsoft PC operating system -- codenamed Windows 7 -- had its first setback in September.  Microsoft had planned to offer the first Windows 7 Beta in October of 2008, that date slipped to December 2008.

Microsoft's Mike Nash wrote in a blog post that Microsoft would be providing a pre-beta version of Windows 7 exclusively to developers to attendees at the PDC and WinHEC developers conferences.

Nash also wrote in the blog post that Microsoft has decided on the final name for the next Windows operating system, and it's one we are familiar with. Microsoft has decided to call the operating system Windows 7. This is the first time a Windows operating system has kept its codename as the official name.

Nash wrote, "The decision to use the name Windows 7 is about simplicity. Over the years, we have taken different approaches to naming Windows.  We've used version numbers like Windows 3.11, or dates like Windows 98, or ‘aspirational’ monikers like Windows XP or Windows Vista.  And since we do not ship new versions of Windows every year, using a date did not make sense. Likewise, coming up with an all-new ‘aspirational’ name does not do justice to what we are trying to achieve, which is to stay firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista, while evolving and refining the substantial investments in platform technology in Windows Vista into the next generation of Windows."

Details on Windows 7 are still scant, but Nash says that Microsoft will be sharing more in the coming weeks. To this point, feature wise it is known that the OS will support multi-touch and use the same driver system as Windows Vista.

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RE: Well…
By mmntech on 10/14/2008 11:44:04 AM , Rating: 2
The Register offered a plausible explanation for the name. They don't want to call it anything flashy so as not to overshadow Vista. Hopefully Windows 7 will be more than the chintzy kernel update and paint job that Vista was.

RE: Well…
By Flunk on 10/14/2008 4:53:13 PM , Rating: 2
Actually it's likely to be a paint job OS. Vista included a lot of rewrites behind the scenes. The paint jobs are always the most popular versions anyway. Look at Windows 98 or XP. Much more popular than 95 and 2000, which they are respectively based on.

RE: Well…
By mikefarinha on 10/14/2008 4:55:42 PM , Rating: 2
Win98 was more of an 'under the hood' update of Win95.

Windows XP wasn't really THAT popular until Vista came out... pretty strange mob mentality on display. In fact Win98SE was quite popular for the first few years XP was on the market.

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